Carla Javier

Community Engagement Reporter

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In my role as the newsroom's community engagement reporter:

I want to know what you want to know about. Or tell me your concerns. Or share something amazing that’s happening in your world so I can help shine a light on it. (After all, we could all use some good news these days). No question or tip is too small, too big, or too seemingly obvious.

I can help by seeking out the hard-to-find answers. I will take your questions and concerns to officials and experts. I will put their answers into context. I will listen to you and aim to share feelings and life experiences not commonly reflected in the news.

I will read, look and listen to everything you send me, and apply it. I won’t have all the answers immediately, and may not be able to respond directly to everyone, but your messages will inform my understanding as I investigate, report, keep our leaders accountable, and ask my own tough questions of others.

If you have a question or notice something you think I should be looking into, email me at, DM me on Twitter @carlamjavier, or fill out this form below.

Stories by Carla Javier

Music Center Plaza Reopens After $41 Million Makeover

The renovation project brings public restrooms, eateries, and more accessible stairs and escalators to the Music Center's plaza in downtown Los Angeles.

Music, prayers, and calls to action: Scenes from the Pasadena #ElPasoFirme vigil

Over 40 vigils are being held this week – around Los Angeles and in cities across the country – in memory of the 22 people killed in the El Paso shooting last weekend. The vast majority of the victims were Latino.

Why Illustrator Rhode Montijo Still Visits His Art Teacher, 28 Years After High School

Rhode Montijo writes and illustrates children’s books, and he was a co-creator of the online animated series Happy Tree Friends.

Fort Moore Memorial in Downtown L.A. Is Fully Restored

The site includes a new time capsule to replace one unearthed by work crews that had been buried at the original dedication in 1958.

We reunited a musician with the high school teacher who introduced her to Patti Smith's music

When Solvej Schou  was a senior at LAUSD’s Hamilton High in the mid-1990s, she wrote poetry and played music in the quad.  

Artist Will 'Modify' LAUSD Mural After Months Of Discussion

The mural's backdrop of radiating red-orange and blue stripes drew criticism from neighbors who said it was reminiscent of the Japanese Imperial Army battle flag.

State Grant Brings Extra Arts Funding to School Districts

A one-time state grant provided $44 million to boost arts education and other programs for public school students. So how was the money spent?

South L.A. High School Gets a Mural Makeover

Shepard Fairey, Faith XLVII, Axel Void, and 1010 are among the artists who are creating new works at the campus of Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School

Artists: Share Your Stories Of Beloved Teachers

"You'll never stop being my teacher," Sanjay Patel told his former art instructor, Julie Tabler, when we reunited them at KPCC.

Celebrities give voice to scripts penned by teen girls

At a fundraiser, Kirby Howell-Bapiste, Keiko Agena, Wayne Brady, and Seth Rogen read works by participants in WriteGirl, a free program for aspiring teen writers.

LA celebrates the life of Nipsey Hussle: Scenes from the day

Tens of thousands of fans and friends celebrated the life of the slain rapper at a memorial service at Staples Center and on the streets of Los Angeles.

Loan Relief Available for Art Institute Students

Federal student loans will be cancelled automatically, but only for the current term. Students can apply for additional loan relief.

Students raise their voices to remember historic East LA walkouts

In March of 1968, students from five high schools in East L.A. walked out of their classrooms to protest the unequal education they were receiving. This weekend, students from Van Nuys High School will portray that historical event in an oratorio they wrote with artists from the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

California Humanities grant payments for artists remain suspended until federal funds flow

The shutdown is over and the federal government is open, but not everything is back to normal.

What does a new governor mean for arts education in California?

An advocate for arts education explains what he hopes newly inaugurated Gov. Gavin Newsom will do when it comes to the future of arts in California schools.