Matt Lait has been with The Los Angeles Times for 21 years. Currently, he is an editor responsible for legal affairs and criminal justice issues. Prior to joining The Times, he worked as an editorial assistant and reporter for two years at the Washington Post. He has taught investigative reporting at the University of Southern California for the past eight years. Lait graduated in 1987 from the University of California, San Diego, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history.