Noah Smith

Multimedia Journalist

Los Angeles, CA

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The Washington Post

A1 +PHOTOS What do owners of the Patriots, Rams, Grizzlies and Flyers have in common? A big bet...

The Overwatch League christened its inaugural season this month in largely the same ways as any professional sports league's opening day. The very best players in the world...

The Washington Post

+ PHOTOS At the edge of the wildfires, surfers seek escape in Ventura's waves

Trucks ferrying exhausted firefighters rolled into the fairgrounds here straight from the front lines of the Thomas Fire, which was burning right to the edge of Ventura. Ash was...

The Guardian

+PHOTOS Pot entrepreneur and ex-felon fights for black role in California's budding industry

When his medical cannabis operation was raided in 2008, Virgil Grant wound up in prison. Now he's back in business, and determined to make space for people of color in an...

The New York Times

Donald Trump's Campaign Chief, Stephen Bannon, Faced Domestic Violence Charges in 1996

The recent appointment of Stephen K. Bannon, the right-wing media mogul, as chief executive of Donald J. Trump 's campaign was part of an effort to reset a candidacy that has...

The Guardian

VIDEO Surfer Turf Wars in California: 'We'll burn you every single wave' - video

Rory Carroll and Noah Smith find out the hard way that not everyone is welcome on the state's legendary surfing beaches. In Lunada Bay, local police even warn against attempting...

Washington Post

+PHOTOS Sudden appearance of electric scooters irks Santa Monica officials

Black, electric-powered scooters suddenly began appearing on the downtown streets, suburban sidewalks and beachside a few months ago in this urban coastal city. The dockless...

The Guardian

PHOTOS Ride, hustle, kill, repeat: the underground cycle gangs of Los Angeles

A golden moon hung over the city, and as night deepened the crowd lounging off Hope Street grew giddy. People swigged beer, marijuana spiced the air, hip-hop streamed from a...

The Washington Post

A1 'Unbelievably fast': Southern Calif. fire spreads in hours from 50 acres to tens of thousands

A brush fire raced through Southern California Monday night into Tuesday morning with ferocious speed, spreading from about 50 acres to an estimated 26,000 acres in less than...

The New York Times

An Economic Recovery, Brimming With Industrial Complexes, in Southern California

LOS ANGELES - The Inland Empire could be considered Southern California 's backlot, with its vast warehouse complexes and staging areas. Typically defined as the region east of...

The Guardian

PHOTOS 'Law enforcement is changing': an LAPD ride-along with those on the beat

Related: LAPD's reforms since Rodney King beating offer hope amid police violence A pale sun rose over the city as sergeant Scott Carty steered the squad car into Nickerson...

Washington Post

'Like a WWI battlefield': 15 dead as mudslides wipe away homes in fire-ravaged Southern California

MONTECITO, Calif. - Rescue teams battled through rain-sodden muck and debris Wednesday seeking to reach more areas ravaged by landslides that sent deadly torrents of mud and...

Fortune

What Air Force Bombing Runs Can Teach American Business About Talent Management

Since last Sunday, U.S. and Coalition forces have launched more than 125 airstrikes against targets in Iraq and Syria as part of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent...

The Guardian

TV in the age of Trump: 'There are unheard voices who want more'

In Hollywood, perceptions of beauty are constantly in flux, as executives try to divine what will play in Peoria. But at least one attribute is as sexy and sought after now as...

The Guardian

VIDEO & PHOTOS California gold miners seek a different type of glitter: celebrity

In the original California gold rush, thousands of prospectors scoured the San Gabriel mountains for nuggets, a scramble marked by rivalry and secrecy: see a gleam, keep shtum....

Fortune

Meet the $3 Billion Realtor Who Couldn't Pronounce His Own Name

As he gallivants through estates worth tens of millions of dollars on CNBC's Secret Lives of the Super Rich, it is hard to imagine Aaron Kirman as anything other than the highly...

Washington Post

CONTRIB Most Americans don't want a world 'where everybody is angry all the time,' Obama says,...

Former president Barack Obama, who has kept a low public profile since leaving the White House a year and half ago, is wading back into politics ahead of the November elections....

The Guardian

Why can't pop culture get surfing right?

At SXSW in Austin, Texas this year, US television studio TNT brought in a surfing simulator and created a "pop-up beach" to help promote their surfing-meets-crime-family show...

Fortune

How a Tiny Israeli TV Company Became an International Media Player

The media production and distribution company Keshet International did not even exist four years ago. Since then, its rise has been meteoric. Last year, the company-a subsidiary...