Alonso-Zaldivar Leaves LAT For AP

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar is leaving the Los Angeles Times’ D.C. bureau to cover health issues for the Associated Press, FishbowlDC has learned. He spent 10 years in the bureau.

At the Times, Ricardo covered transportation, consumer safety, energy, health care and myriad other domestic issues.

Bureau chief Doyle McManus calls health care “a top priority of the next administration” in an internal announcement obtained by FishbowlDC and said “it’s a great opportunity to do distinguished journalism, and we need to take advantage of it.” The paper will look both inside and outside for Ricardo’s replacement.