Elizabeth Mehren is a professor of journalism at Boston University. Before joining the BU faculty, Mehren was a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. During more than 25 years at the paper, she was based in Los Angeles, Washington, New York and New England.
She covered presidential, gubernatorial and congressional campaigns from 1980 to 2006, as well as major breaking news events such as Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Station Night Club fire in Rhode Island, the Worcester, Mass., warehouse fire that killed seven firefighters, and the Los Angeles riots of 1992, for which the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize. Mehren, a former fellow at the Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families at the University of Maryland, also served as scholar-in-residence at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.