LAT Rising Star Goes National

erika.jpgMore movement at the LAT as Erika Hayasaki leaves L.A. to become one of the paper’s New York correspondents.

Memo (which mentions nothing about Erika’s poetry) below:

To: The Staff
From: Scott Kraft, National Editor

We’re very pleased to announce that Erika Hayasaki, who covers the youth and education beat in Metro, will be joining the national staff as a New York correspondent. She will take up her new post in the next few weeks.

Erika came to The Times through METPRO, graduating in the class of 2001 and joining the Metro staff as an education reporter. Since then, her work has won a string of awards, including the 2004 Times Editorial Award for best writing, and she has already begun to emerge as one of the paper’s most talented reporters and writers.

Erika is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. Before joining the METPRO class, she did reporting internships with The (Champaign, Il.) News-Gazette, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the International Examiner, an Asian American biweekly news journal in Seattle.

Please join us in congratulating Erika.