Also announced to staff last night by interim managing editor, digital Eric Zassenhaus is the addition on May 14 of Rina Palta as KPCC.org’s crime blogger. She comes to the station from KALW News 91.7 FM in San Francisco:
Rina has been the lead reporter for KALW’s Informant blog, where she’s been covering criminal justice issues in California since starting there in 2009. Rina was one of the first reporters to focus on the 2008 Secure Communities program that automatically shares the fingerprints of anyone booked in county jails with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement. When major newspapers finally realized what was happening, they were playing catch-up with her diligent work.
Palta earned her masters from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism (also Zassenhaus’ Alma Mater), while Walton – currently the president of the LA chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists – received hers from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. Both new hires will report to Tony Pierce.