LA Times Expands International Coverage
The Los Angeles Times announced several new international appointments. Shashank Bengali and David Pierson will be opening a new Singapore bureau. Bengali currently serves as the South Asia Bureau Chief where he is responsible for news coverage of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and regional countries. The University of Southern California graduate, who also has a Master’s from Harvard, joined LA Times as a National Security Correspondent in 2012. Pierson, who joined the paper in 2000, is currently a Business Reporter covering tech, media, trade, and retail. Prior to that, he reported on food, agriculture, and LA’s Asian community. He was previously based in the paper’s Beijing bureau from 2009 to 2013 covering China. Victoria Kim will be reopening the LAT’s Seoul bureau. She currently serves as a Metro Reporter covering Koreatown, Central LA, and beyond. She has previously written for the Financial Times, as well as the AP in South Korea and West Africa. The 2007 Harvard College graduate is fluent in English and Korean. Alice Su will also join the Beijing bureau as a Correspondent. She’s currently an independent journalist based in Jordan whose bylines have appeared in the AP, The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Al Jazeera, among other outlets. The Princeton University graduate, who also has a Master’s from Peking University, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, proficient in Levantine Arabic, and conversational in Persian. More here.