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Mike Reicher is an investigative reporter for Los Angeles News Group and the Los Angeles Daily News, with his primary focus on government accountability and data. Based in Downtown L.A., he reports on the Department of Water and Power, the LAPD and other agencies serving the region.

Previously, he covered county government for the Orange County Register, where he followed how officials spent $5.4 billion annually and managed 17,000 employees. Mike also investigated questionable spending by special districts, political favors for campaign contributors, and the investment strategies of the Orange County Employees Retirement System.

Before the Register, he was the special projects reporter at the Daily Pilot (an L.A. Times community paper), winning multiple investigative awards from the California Newspapers Publishers Association.

Reicher worked as a metro desk intern at the New York Times while he was earning a master’s in journalism from CUNY in New York.

He is a Southern California native, with a bachelor’s in communications studies from UCLA — and many surfboards.