Noah Smith

Multimedia Journalist

Los Angeles, CA


The Guardian

PHOTOS Erin Brockovich lends star power to legal fight over huge California methane leak

Erin Brockovich sat in an empty hall, awaiting hundreds of people who would soon stream in from a cold California night seeking answers and reassurance, and gave a sigh of...

The New York Times

Los Angeles, With New Star, Far Eclipses City F.C.

CARSON, Calif. - M.L.S. has long relied on former European club stars to promote its game. Two of them, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, graced the cover of the program in...

The Guardian

PHOTOS North Korean defectors see American dream deferred as reality sets in the US

When Chang Ho Kim was living in North Korea, information trickled in from China about the world outside the closed country. Through the lens of pirated movies, he says, America...

The New York Times

Metrolink Train Headed to Los Angeles Crashes Into Truck, Injuring Dozens

OXNARD, Calif. - Rail cars skidded onto their sides, a fireball lit up the dark, and nearly 30 people were injured early Tuesday when a commuter train slammed into a truck that...

The Washington Post

CONTRIB Fire and fear stretch across Southern California as wildfires rage from Ventura to San Diego

CARPINTERIA, Calif. - Fire continued to tear across Southern California early Friday, surrounding communities and shrouding much of the region in searing flame and thick,...

The Guardian

PHOTOS Welcome to the fire lab: California researchers re-create forest blazes

The doors clang shut, casting the laboratory into gloom, and the scientists don goggles, yellow helmets and flame-resistant jackets. Two crouch behind computers, readying...

The New York Times

'Blurred Lines' Infringed on Marvin Gaye Copyright, Jury Rules

For the last year and a half, the music industry has been gripped by a lawsuit over whether Robin Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" was merely reminiscent of a song by Marvin...

The New York Times

CONTRIB Sumner Redstone Competency Case Will Go Forward

The lawsuit challenging the mental competence of the ailing 92-year-old media mogul Sumner M. Redstone will go to trial in May because of a "plethora of disputed factual issues"...


What the U.S. military can and cannot learn from the IDF's Gaza operation - Diplomacy and Defense

An old joke that made the rounds amongst United States military officers involved with doctrine research went, "At first, the Israeli army admired the American army, then the...

The New York Times

Plants That Won't Drain You

Californians who want to replace their water-guzzling lawns can choose plants that thrive in the state's dry climate. Here are some popular options.

The New York Times

CONTRIB Sumner Redstone Trial Could Be Lurid and Spark Power Struggle

Those questions will set the backdrop for the trial, as the court is expected to hear video testimony from Mr. Redstone, as well as from his daughter, doctors and nurses, Ms....

The New York Times

Pharrell Williams Acknowledges Similarity to Gaye Song in 'Blurred Lines' Case

LOS ANGELES - How closely does Robin Thicke's hit "Blurred Lines" resemble a classic by Marvin Gaye? That question is central to a closely watched copyright case here, and on...

The Guardian

PHOTOS Jesse Williams: 'Celebrity culture? I am not going to participate in that'

There is a heatwave making its way through Los Angeles. It's the second week of September yet temperatures remain at 32C (89F). At 8am, most of the city is still asleep or just...

The New York Times

CONTRIB Californians Who Conserved Wonder if State Can Overcome Those Who Didn't

LOS ANGELES - Some Californians are already showering just once a week, with buckets at their feet to catch every errant drop. They are building rainwater tanks in their...

The Guardian

PHOTOS On the hunt for 'moral breaches' with California's foremost drought-shamer

Tony Corcoran patrols the streets of Los Angeles on a bicycle, a lone crusader, his eyes peeled for injustice. He can detect villainy in a stream of water trickling down a...

The New York Times

Restroom Ordinance Is Just One More Sign of a City's Acceptance

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - This city was one of the first in the nation to pass a same-sex marriage law. It was one of the first communities viewed as a haven for gay people: When...

The Guardian

VIDEO California's Surf Warzone: Meet the Warlords Going to Extreme Length to Defend Their Turf

Lunada Bay is a legendary surfing spot at the base of cliffs on the Palos Verdes peninsula, just south of Los Angeles. After clambering down a steep, crumbling path, visitors...

The New York Times

CONTRIB Deaths of Irish Students in Berkeley Balcony Collapse Cast Pall on Program

BERKELEY, Calif. - They come by the thousands - Irish students on work visas, many flocking to the West Coast to work in summer jobs by day and to enjoy the often raucous life...

The New York Times

CONTRIB Uncertainty on Whether Cosby Revelations Could Hurt Him in Court

New revelations about the sexual behavior of Bill Cosby have been greeted as a vindication to many of the women who have accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting them....


Starting Up and Starting Over: LA Tech Day reveals why everyone wants to be in tech

Henry Luc studied landscape architecture at UC Davis and graduated in 2008, just in time for the economic meltdown. Then the drought happened. Then he decided to take a...