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.