Meet the Staff
Editor
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John Canalis is the editor of the Daily Pilot, Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent. Prior to joining L.A. Times Community News in February 2010, John spent a decade with the Long Beach Press-Telegram, where he served as city/business editor, assistant city editor, assistant editorial page editor, senior special projects reporter, columnist, bureau chief and county government reporter. John has written extensively for Southern California newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, and teaches journalism at Orange Coast College and Cal State Long Beach.
Director, Advertising Sales
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Janet Vinograd is a sales manager with the Los Angeles Times Media Group in Orange County. She oversees advertising for Times Community News, which includes the Daily Pilot, Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent. Janet co-founded Greer’s OC, a leading Orange County fashion, dining and lifestyle email newsletter and website. Janet was also a Times Community News sales executive from 1988 to 2001. She can build sustainable multidimensional advertising campaigns for customers that drive results. A mother of five, she lives in Laguna Beach with her husband and children.
City Editor
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Alicia Lopez is the city editor for the Huntington Beach Independent, Coastline Pilot and Daily Pilot. She has been covering the Southern California region since 1993. Previously, she covered Costa Mesa as a columnist and freelancer; the Inland Empire, Tustin, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach as a page designer; and Orange, Hemet, San Jacinto, Tustin and Berkeley as a reporter and photographer. She cut her teeth at the Daily Californian at UC Berkeley, where she earned her bachelor's degree.
Web Editor
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Ann Haley is the web editor for the Daily Pilot, Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent. A longtime Orange County resident, she was the home page editor for the Orange County Register, where she had held numerous other editing positions since 1981. Ann also has worked as a reporter or editor for the Reno Gazette-Journal, Las Vegas Sun and Riverside Press-Enterprise. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara.
Sports Editor
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Steve Virgen is the sports editor of the Daily Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent and Coastline Pilot. He was a sports writer for the Daily Pilot from 2000 to 2004, and later worked as a high school sports reporter at the Bakersfield Californian. He returned to L.A. Times Community News in 2006. He studied journalism at Citrus College in Glendora and earned his degree at Fresno State, where he also worked as the sports editor for the student newspaper and a writer for the Fresno Bee and Clovis Independent.
Features Editor
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Michael Miller is the features editor, columnist and book critic for the Daily Pilot, Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent. A UC Irvine alumnus with a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, he serves on the board of directors for the Orange County Press Club and is the author of two books of poetry, "College Town" and "The First Thing Mastered," from the Huntington Beach-based press Tebot Bach.
Photo Editor
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Don Leach has been photographer for L.A. Times Community News for more than 15 years and has served as the photo editor for the last three years. He earned a bachelor's degree in photojournalism from Cal State Long Beach in 1993, and was named NPPA College Photographer of the Year while in the program. He added the Los Angeles Times Editor's Award in 2013 among other professional awards over his career. Don lives in his hometown of Laguna Beach and says his favorite things to shoot are surfing and ocean-related.
Art Director
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Hamlet Nalbandyan is the art director and oversees the production desk for the Daily Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent and Coastline Pilot. Born in Yerevan, Armenia, he graduated from Glendale High School in 1998 and a year later became a sportswriter for the Glendale News-Press. After eventually becoming sports editor of the News-Press, he came to L.A. Times Community News, South, in 2006.
Reporter
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Bryce Alderton covers City Hall, education and public safety for the Coastline Pilot. He has written restaurant reviews for OC Menus, a dining guide included in OC Metro magazine, and previously worked for L.A. Times Community News as a sportswriter for the Daily Pilot from 2002 through 2005. Bryce earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and USC, respectively, and completed the six-month professional chef program at Laguna Culinary Arts in Laguna Beach.
Sports Reporter
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Mike Sciacca is the sports writer for the Huntington Beach Independent and Coastline Pilot. He joined L.A. Times Community News in 1995 and covers prep, collegiate, professional and youth sports for both papers. In addition to his sports coverage, he previously served simultaneously as features writer for the Life & Arts section and covered the education beat for the Huntington Beach Independent. He has won California Newspaper Publishers Assn. sports writing awards in 2002, 2006, 2009 and 2011, and was a 2013 Los Angeles Times Editorial Award recipient. He is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton.
Features Writer
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Kathleen Luppi is a features reporter for the Daily Pilot, Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent. Prior to joining L.A. Times Community News, she was an award-winning journalist at the Orange County Register, where for seven years she helped cover retail, civil and criminal trials, philanthropic events and home and garden features. She received her literary journalism degree from UC Irvine.
Page Designer
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Matt Wilkes is a page designer/copy editor for the Daily Pilot. He started in newspaper production at Celtic Newspapers in Cardiff, Wales, in 1996 before moving to the sports desk of Wales on Sunday in 2000. In 2004 he moved to California and got a job designing the Pilot. In 2005 he shifted to L.A. County, where he designed the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, Pasadena Sun and La Cañada Valley Sun, winning several CNPA awards during his nine years there. In 2013, he returned to the Pilot.
Photographer

Scott Smeltzer has been a staff photographer for the Daily Pilot, Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent since 2009. He previously worked as a photographer for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Glendale News-Press before transferring to Costa Mesa.
Photographer

Kevin Chang has been a staff photographer for the Daily Pilot, Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent since 2011. Prior to working for L.A. Times Community News, he spent close to three years living and working as a freelance photographer in Beijing. One memorable assignment he recalls covering for foreign wire service Agence-France Presse was the week of jury deliberation for Michael Jackson's molestation trial in June 2005. He previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He has a bachelor's degree in communications from Cal State Fullerton.
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Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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