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David Wagner

David Wagner

Business & Economy Reporter (he/him)

I cover the economic reality of life in Los Angeles, a place where vast wealth coexists with millions struggling to make ends meet.

I grew up in Anaheim, where my parents had the car radio constantly tuned to 89.3 KPCC. With that upbringing, it’s probably no surprise I went on to work for California public radio stations. Before coming to this newsroom (which is also home to KPCC), I was a reporter for the NPR affiliate in San Diego, KPBS.

I’ve reported on housing affordability, minimum wage laws and the state’s unemployment system. As someone who briefly lived in New York, my hottest food take is that California has plenty of pizza that rivals the East Coast slice.

What questions do you have about business and the economy in Southern California?
David Wagner focuses on Southern Californians getting left behind in an economy beset by soaring unemployment, pandemic-related business closures and high housing costs.

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