When OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano deemed Pedro Moura (pictured) “Best Reporter” in the alt-weekly’s 2015 Best-of issue, he ended his praise with the following:
Be warned, Orange County Register editors: Moura is a rising star destined for Grantland or Vice Sports unless you treat – and pay – him well.
Arellano was half-right. On Friday, the Los Angeles Times announced that it is the outlet that has snagged Moura away from the paper. At the Register, Moura covered both the Dodgers and the Angels. For the LAT, he will be the Angels beat writer:
Moura is a native of Santa Clarita and a graduate of USC. He speaks Portuguese and conversational Spanish. On the Angels beat, Moura is taking the baton from one of the best: Mike DiGiovanna.
DiGiovanna’s amazing run as Angels beat writer has spanned 20 years and, outside of two seasons covering the Dodgers in 2002 and 2003, he has been front and center on every major Angels story, setting a standard for excellence and professionalism.
Moura starts at the Times Feb. 15. Per the tweet below, DiGiovanna will continue to cover the Angels, Dodgers and, soon, Rams.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) February 5, 2016