Rina Palta

Correspondent, Investigations

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Rina Palta is a correspondent on KPCC's investigative team.

Prior to that, Rina covered California's social safety net for the station, with a particular focuses on homelessness. She's also served as a news editor for the station and covered crime and public safety as a reporter, looking at the systems designed to help people who fall into poverty, social welfare, public mental health systems, or criminal justice system — and help many get back on their feet.

Rina came to L.A. from the Bay Area, where she launched the Informant, a digital collaboration between NPR and KALW. Her reporting there focused on California's prison, jails, and law enforcement agencies, and the effect of crime and the criminal justice system on communities.

Palta is a graduate of Haverford College and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. In her spare time, she's a world-class eater and aspiring surfer.

Stories by Rina Palta

Auditor calls out CA prison officials for high suicide rate

A lack of leadership and oversight has led to California's high prison suicide rate, the California State Auditor said in a report Thursday.

Charter school targeting homeless kids opens in South LA

A new charter school aimed at specifically serving homeless and low-income children in South Los Angeles opened its doors Monday.

Long Beach looking to restrict RV parking

Oversized vehicles will need permits to park on residential streets in Long Beach if proposed regulations are approved by the City Council Tuesday.

Housing for homeless could be in your backyard. Literally

L.A. County, looking for ways to develop housing for homeless, is turning to "granny flats" as a potential strategy for beefing up the rental stock.

Forced treatment for mentally ill needs overhaul, LA officials say

L.A. County officials Tuesday called for an overhaul of the system for compelling people with severe mental illnesses into treatment, and making sure they get adequate care.

30 years after McKinney-Vento, homeless students still struggle

Three decades after Congress passed landmark legislation to ensure the rights of homeless students, schools are still struggling to help kids.

'Safe parking' for LA's homeless off to a slow start

A pilot program aimed at providing people who live in their cars in L.A. a consistent, secure place to park near restrooms has been slow to get off the ground.

How California is leading the way in affordable housing on tribal lands

For decades, constructing any sort of large-scale affordable housing development on Native American land was nearly impossible. That could change.

A new bill would let some former criminals become foster parents

A bill that would make it easier for some people with criminal histories to become foster parents is making its way through the California legislature.

LA's plan to end homelessness begins with prevention

As Los Angeles County kicks off its largest campaign ever to tackle homelessness, officials are also looking to stem the tide of those ending up on the streets.

There are thousands of homeless students at LA community colleges

In a survey of L.A.'s community college students, over 18 percent reported experiencing homelessness at some point last year.

New law could speed up help for LA's homeless

A bill making its way through the California legislature would eliminate what L.A. County officials call a "major barrier" to helping homeless.

Door slams on Golden Motel homeless project

A controversial proposal to turn an old motel near Temple City into housing for homeless will not go through. Facing delays and community opposition, the project was pulled.

Expanded tax credit for working poor in new California budget

This year's California state budget drastically increases the number of families eligible for the earned income tax credit, advocates say, a boon for poor workers.

Not everyone’s happy about LA’s $1 billion plan to fight homelessness

Voters said “yes” to Measure H, a $1 billion plan to combat homelessness in LA county. But some neighborhoods are saying “heck no!”