Noah Smith

Multimedia Journalist

Los Angeles, CA

Portfolio

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...

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...

The Washington Post

CONTRIB California fires rage into second week as massive blazes are 'expected to spread'

VENTURA, Calif. - Raging wildfires continued to burn through Southern California on Sunday, stretching into a second week as authorities warned that the blazes could still...

The Guardian

PHOTOS In the Californian desert, UK and US forces crave 'a crack at the headcutters'

It was a victory foretold and started soon after dawn, just as the sun began to bake the desert. Two American F-16 jets roared out of a clear blue sky and dropped heavy payloads...

The New York Times

In Downtown Los Angeles, a Potential Anchor for Offices

LOS ANGELES - Wilshire Grand Center, an estimated $1.2 billion mixed-use project in downtown Los Angeles, promises many things upon its 2017 completion date. At 1,100 feet, it...

The Guardian

PHOTOS Sod it: Californians turn back to grass lawns as drought shaming ebbs

Yumi Wong adores the latest addition to her southern California home: a lush, emerald lawn. "It just looks much nicer with all the green. It feels clean and peaceful," she said...

The Guardian

PHOTOS Far away, so close: anguish of Syrian Americans for family left back home

Steve Badour is not used to feeling helpless. In 2014, Badour ran a relay across the US to raise funds for the 2013 Boston Marathon victims. In doing so, he qualified for the...

The New York Times

Judge Approves Orange County Register Sale to Digital First

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Last week, Tribune Publishing won an auction for a coveted asset - Freedom Communications, the parent company of The Orange County Register and The...

The Guardian

PHOTOS Lisa Ann: how one of porn's biggest stars transformed into a fantasy football guru

In the brightly lit, hyper-modern lobby of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Los Angeles, adult film star Lisa Ann and I try to order coffee while avoiding the curious gaze of...

The New York Times

Sumner Redstone Won't Have to Give Deposition in Competency Suit

The ailing media mogul Sumner M. Redstone will not be required to sit for a deposition in the legal battle over his mental competency, a California judge ruled during a brief...

The Washington Post

CONTRIB 'It was like a war zone': Fires stretch across Southern California as wildfires roar from...

CARPINTERIA, Calif. — Fire continued to tear across Southern California on Thursday, surrounding communities and shrouding much of the region in searing flame and thick, choking...