Tina Daunt is a veteran journalist based in Los Angeles, whose reporting experience spans the spectrum from Los Angeles City Hall to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, from national political conventions to Hollywood’s celebrity fundraising circuit.
In the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election, she wrote the Los Angeles Times’ Cause Celebre column, the first regular newspaper column to specialize in the intersection of Hollywood and politics with an emphasis on the industry’s role in fundraising for candidates and causes.
As a reporter in The Times’ City/County Bureau, she covered the LAPD’s reform efforts in the wake of the Rampart scandal. She was among the LAT’s team of reporters covering the O.J. Simpson trial, with her ‘Into The Spotlight’ series gaining national attention. Her work at The Times also included a series of award-winning stories on civil rights violations inside L.A. County’s jail system.
Tina was a member of the Los Angeles Times staff that received Pulitzers for three major breaking news events: the Los Angeles riots, the Northridge earthquake, and the deadly Malibu wildfire.
Following her 20-year tenure at the Los Angeles Times, Tina joined the Hollywood Reporter as a contributing editor, covering Hollywood and politics from 2011-2015. Her stories were consistently among the most viewed posts on THR’s website.
Tina was a reporter at The Arizona Republic from 1987-1989, covering the night cops beat in Phoenix. She was a finalist for a Hearst Award in 1986 while working as a reporter at The State Press, Arizona State University’s daily student newspaper.
Tina is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico.