About 

  • Matt Lait is managing editor of the CNN Investigates team and is based in Los Angeles.

    Lait comes to CNN following a 28 year career at the Los Angeles Times where he was an investigative reporter, city editor and ran the local investigations team. As a reporter and editor, he specialized in investigative stories that uncovered law enforcement abuses and corruption. Lait's work has received numerous national and regional journalism honors, and has been featured by other media, including 48 Hours and a PBS documentary series on investigative reporters. He played key roles in three different stories for which The Times was awarded Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news, including helping to direct coverage of the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

    Lait has also spent more than 17 years as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California teaching investigative reporting.