When not reporting for KTLA's "Consumer Confidential" segments, David Lazarus is an award-winning business columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He also serves as a frequent fill-in host for KPCC, Southern California's leading NPR affiliate, and provides regular commentary for public radio's Marketplace programs.
As viewers, readers and listeners know, "Laz" as he is known, sticks up for the little guy. His work has resulted in a variety of laws protecting Californians, including new safeguards for voter information and checking accounts. His columns on privacy matters, health care and bank practices have resulted in hearings in Washington and Sacramento, and have been praised by lawmakers for shedding light on business activities that put consumers at a disadvantage.
Laz has deep roots in Southern California. He attended Ojai Valley School and Crossroads in Santa Monica before heading north to UC Berkeley, where he earned a degree in history. After graduating, Laz spent 12 years living abroad, working as a journalist in Athens, Bangkok and Tokyo. He then covered business and technology for Wired and the San Francisco Chronicle before returning to the Southland.
Lazs' work has earned two National Headliner Awards and multiple honors from the Society of Professional Journalists. He received a Golden Mike for TV commentary and was named Journalist of the Year by the Consumer Federation of California. But Laz likes to say that the real prize is helping ordinary people deal with problems when no one else is able to help.
In his spare time he enjoys hiking, reading, walks on the beach and, most of all, hanging out with his family.