Hailey R. Branson-Potts

Hailey outside the Los Angeles Times building.
Hailey outside the Los Angeles Times building.

Hello, and welcome to my online portfolio.

My name is Hailey Branson-Potts. I’m a journalist, crazed pug owner and native Oklahoman who can’t parallel park.

I started working in journalism at 15, working with the wax machine and on the printing press for my hometown newspaper, The Perry (Oklahoma) Daily Journal (which proudly claims it’s one of the smallest daily newspapers in the state). There was no air conditioning in the press room, and the triple-digit Oklahoma summers were brutal. But there was just something about holding up that newspaper — not exactly hot, but warm off the press — with ink-covered hands that hooked me early. I spent afternoons and summers writing for the Journal, covering breaking news, baseball and wrestling. I also talked my editor into letting me do a weekly column called “A Hand for the Working Man” in which I shadowed a portable toilet cleaner, cattle rancher and two garbage collectors.

Since then, I have worked for numerous publications, from The Oklahoman to the Houston Chronicle‘s Washington bureau (where I showed the one-and-only Helen Thomas how to use YouTube) to the  New York TimesI currently am a metro staff writer at The Los Angeles Times, where I cover breaking news and features in Southern California and beyond. I consider myself unbelievably lucky to do what I love every day.

Please feel free to browse through my site to see my work. I’m reachable at hailey.branson@latimes.com.