Robin Abcarian


Robin Abcarian is a columnist at the Los Angeles Times. Focusing mostly on California culture, news and politics, she roams the Golden State, reporting stories that help readers understand what makes this place unique. She often writes about hot-button social issues, like abortion and sexual harassment. She frequently dips into national politics, having covered the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns full time, and the 2016 campaign occasionally. Abcarian has held many positions at The Times. As a culture writer for the paper’s Calendar section, she has covered the Oscars, the Emmys and the Sundance Film Festival. For most of the 1990s, she was a columnist for The Times’ feature section, before becoming its editor in 2003.

Recent Articles

  • Playmate became tabloid star

    Model was famous for being famous

  • The plight of the 'entitled'

    Hollywood is a town that has always known how to feud. You do it behind closed doors or, if you must go public, you spend huge legal fees to do it in courtrooms or for free with angry words and nasty insinuations in gossip columns. (See: Eisner vs. Katzenberg, Ovitz vs. Everyone.) So what is it...

  • It's a tangle of lies on 'The View'


  • Screening out festival's winners and losers

    Computer folks crunch data to predict success or failure

  • For Silverman, almost nothing is taboo

    HOLLYWOOD -- Backstage at the El Capitan Theatre, comedian Sarah Silverman is kneeling on the floor of her boyfriend's crowded office, looking rapturously at his image on a flat-screen monitor. She is wearing low-slung jeans, a worn navy crew-neck sweater over a baseball T-shirt, and sneakers....

  • Wolfe's publisher isn't going by the book

    Pitch a book by its cover? You bet. The paperback publisher of Tom Wolfe's unevenly reviewed latest novel I Am Charlotte Simmons is hoping that a redesigned cover -- and a youth-oriented marketing campaign, complete with a contest featuring a trip to Cancun -- will help draw young adults to the...

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