Zoie Matthew

Journalist &
Los Angeles


How the ‘Oracle of Los Angeles’ celebrates Pagan Halloween

Sometimes called the “Pagan version of Halloween,” Samhain is a time to soothe and be soothed by the “unquiet spirits” of ancestors past.

October 2023

In Northeast LA, a fight for the future of the native black walnut tree

Black walnut trees are essential in LA’s ecosystems and indigenous cultures. That’s why some residents are pushing to preserve and repopulate them.

September 2023

Hug vs. harm: Sierra Madreans split over how to handle black bear boom

In sleepy Sierra Madre, an uptick in bears has spurred the city to declare the animal a “public safety threat.” But locals and officials aren’t sure how to handle the ursine explosion.

July 2023

LA hotel workers hit picket lines for better wages, affordable housing

Thousands of SoCal hotel workers are on strike to demand better pay and benefits. More than 60 hotels and Unite Here Local 11 haven’t reached a new contract.

June 2023

Queer joy is more important than ever during a tense pride month

LGBTQ+ Angelenos speak about the significance of embracing community and celebration amid a growing tide of hate. 

June 2023