Noah Smith

Multimedia Journalist

Los Angeles, CA

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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....

Washington Post

At The International video game tournament, the pressure is on - with $25 million up for grabs

Imagine playing a video game in front of a packed arena, with hundreds of thousands watching at home and about $11 million on the line. Competitors in Dota 2's major tournament,...

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...

Washington Post

'He was just very quiet': Gamers say the Jacksonville gunman stood apart from their tightknit crowd

August 27 Before the video-game competition began here on Sunday, David Katz was known as a quiet member of the tightknit world of competitive Madden NFL gaming. People in this...

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...

The New York Times

CONTRIB ONLY Is Britney Spears Ready to Stand on Her Own?

LAS VEGAS - The disturbing images seem so distant now: the pop-star-turned-cautionary tabloid tale - head shorn, face twisted, umbrella gripped like a police baton as she bashed...

Washington Post

EA's NBA Live tries to get back in the game against the NBA 2K Goliath

The very best, or marketable, NBA players have two teams: the one they play for in the league and the one that makes their shoes. The so-called Sneaker Wars continue to simmer,...

Us of America

PHOTOS The criminal gang who took control of a California surf haven

From the outside looking in, California's Lunada Bay is the perfect embodiment of Palos Verdes surf utopia. But LA-based writer Rory Carroll found unexpected chaos: territorial...

The Washington Post

Dockless-scooter firm resolves criminal case

The Guardian

PHOTOS 'We need human interaction': meet the LA man who walks people for a living

Chuck McCarthy recently auditioned as a homicidal biker for a TV show, but the actor is finding glimmers of fame, and possibly a business franchise, with another role: Los...

Fortune

HBO's 'Silicon Valley': Art imitates tech life imitates art

Unlike so many of the characters on their show, the team behind HBO's "Silicon Valley" does not profess a desire to change the world. "I'm just happy anybody is watching the...

Washington Post

CONTRIB Ferocious wildfires burn across Southern California, destroying homes and forcing...

Ferocious wildfires continued to rage across Southern California on Wednesday, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing thousands of residents to flee as forecasters and...

Fortune

Are patent trolls taking over the fashion industry?

Shar Simantob and his Los Angeles-based textile company, United Fabric International, are used to following trends in the fashion industry. The company works as a middleman...

Fortune

+PHOTOS Bill Clinton's Magic Is Not Working With Millennials

For Millennials attending a Bill Clinton speech in Santa Monica on a pleasant Friday evening before the California primary, the former president occupies a space not unlike that...