Senior Deputy for Agency Review and Support Peter Hong joined the Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' staff from the Los Angeles Times, where he worked for 15 years of his 20-year journalism career. Hong’s commitment to the Second District began in 1994, when he joined the staff of the paper’s City Times section, formed after the 1992 civil unrest to serve the communities of central and south Los Angeles.
As a reporter for the Times’ Metro staff, Hong’s work penetrated the complexity of race relations and the cultural identity of Los Angeles, illuminating both tragedies and triumphs. He wrote on the broader social conditions underlying such problems as hate crimes in Hawaiian Gardens and violence between black and Latino students at Locke High School. He also wrote features on Los Angeles-area success stories like the renaissance of the West Adams neighborhood and phenomenal national success of locally produced sriracha hot sauce.
Hong has written numerous Op-Ed and analytical pieces on education, economics, foreign affairs, environmental policy and was the lead Times reporter on the Phil Spector murder trial.
His final beat for the Times was as a Business reporter, covering the housing crash and foreclosure crisis. His frequent front-page stories correctly reported both the bursting of the housing bubble and the market’s recent bottom.
Of his new position, Hong said: “Supervisor Ridley-Thomas is a public intellectual in the truest sense, someone with ambitious ideas who is able to turn them into real policies that improve lives for all, including some of those with the deepest needs. Working with him provides an opportunity to build on the knowledge I’ve gained working as a reporter in his district to hopefully take on some of the nation’s most daunting public policy challenges.” Hong will serve in the capacity of Senior Deputy for Agency Review and Support, which will strategically draw on his broad background across a range of policy areas.
Prior to joining the Times, Hong was a reporter for the Washington Post and the Washington bureau of Business Week magazine. He began his career as a Desk Assistant in the Washington Bureau of ABC News.
Hong graduated from Occidental College with a degree in politics in 1987. He was a Thomas J. Watson fellow in Korea and Poland in 1987-1988. He has been a national board member of the Asian American Journalists Association and a trustee of Occidental College.