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Robin Abcarian

Columnist

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

  • Why We Don't Trust Government

    Do you now or have you ever trusted the government? Once upon a time, people believed that the government had our best interests at heart. Modern conventional wisdom locates that trust somewhere prior to the early 1970s, before the era of toppling politicians known as Watergate. (Apologists for Richard...

  • First lady no longer second fiddle

    TWO stories about first ladies in the newspaper last week brought home how the role of the president's wife has changed in the last two decades -- and our deep ambivalence about the job. On the same day we read about the death of Pat Nixon -- the "perfect political wife" -- we learned the courts...

  • '90s GUYS Are they turning into brutes . . .

    HUB THOMPSON didn't used to be too lucky with the babes. A 26-year-old guitar teacher, Thompson describes himself as good-looking -- "real good-looking" -- but previously devoid of discrimination. "I would just go for any girl who went for me," he said. "I wasn't selective. It was a confidence thing."...

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