CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
In the Green Room

Los Angeles Times Reporter Laura J. Nelson

I Cover Transportation. And Yes, I Drive to Work.

Reporter Laura J. Nelson covers transportation for the Los Angeles Times. Before moderating a panel on the future of bicycles and transportation in Southern California, she talked about the comforts of hummus, drinking wine with Joan Didion, and the benefits of being a cheetah in the Zócalo green room.

Q:
Where would we find you at 10 a.m. on a typical Saturday?

A:
Handsome Coffee Roasters. It’s a coffee shop in the arts district on Mateo Street. I love it because it doesn’t have Wi-Fi. People are reading or talking to each other. They have these amazing lattes they make with Clover milk, and they aren’t sweetened at all.

Q:
What do you consider beautiful?

A:
Personality. And enthusiasm. And sense of humor.

Q:
Who’s the one person, living or dead, you’d most like to have a beer with?

A:
Probably Joan Didion. Even though I sense she’s more of a wine person than a beer person

Q:
How do you get to work?

A:
I drive. A transportation reporter who drives.

Q:
How did you get into trouble as a kid?

A:
I would read when my parents were talking to me. I also had a thick skin. I had trouble taking criticism from people. My mom told me I needed to toughen up.

Q:
What’s your comfort food?

A:
Hummus and pita chips.

Q:
What is your greatest extravagance?

A:
Probably traveling. I’m more willing to save up my money to travel than to buy day-to-day expensive things. I’ve been to almost all the states in the United States.

Q:
What do you wake up to?

A:
I live in Silver Lake, and my room has a patio attached to it. I sleep with the curtains open, so the sun … morning air … and my alarm clock.

Q:
If you could be any animal, which would you want to be?

A:
Maybe a cheetah. Then I could run really quickly, and I would be at the top of the food chain.

Q:
If you didn’t live in Los Angeles, where would you be?

A:
Boston or Paris.