Dennis Romero writes news and features

News and features: Trump wears mask in public setting for the first time (NBC News, July 11, 2020) Surfing confronts sport's racist past (NBC News, June 21, 2020) Coronavirus economy could burst America's big-city rent bubble (NBC News, April 10, 2020) YouTube thrives as a window for those isolated by coronavirus (NBC News, April 1, 2020) California's cannabis black market has eclipsed its legal one  (NBC News, Sept. 20, 2019) Vintage roller coaster fans see familiar tech in Elon Musk's Loop tunnel  (NBC News, Nov. 29, 2018) Migrants met with fear, disdain in Tijuana, Mexico (NBC News, Nov. 17, 2018) A Chicano renaissance? (NBC News, July 15, 2018) A comedian’s Cholofit videos spoof gentrification (Washington Post, April 6, 2018) Visiting Friendship Park in the Trump era (California Sunday Magazine, March 29, 2018) Pop music coverage: Country legend Charley Pride succumbs to Covid-19 complications (NBC News, Dec. 12, 2020) DJ Erick Morillo, who helped

Dennis Romero's bio

Dennis Romero is a third-generation journalist who covers national news for NBC News Digital . He has reported on the housing crisis, wealth disparity, police and crime, popular culture, youth culture, raves, electronic dance music, ecstasy abuse, cannabis legalization, surfing and skateboarding. He's been a features staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and local and national magazines. He's covered the Los Angeles Police Department from its headquarters newsroom. And he was recently a contributor to the op-ed pages of the Los Angeles Times. His work as also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and the Guardian. His byline has appeared on MSNBC multiple times. He's appeared on CNN, Investigation Discovery, E! News, and Reelz.  His late father  Fernando Romero  worked at the San Diego Tribune and Los Angeles Times. Fernando's eponymous father was a television reporter, anchor and sports announcer in Tijuana,

Dennis Romero writes obituaries

Larry King, television and radio journalism royalty, dies at 87 (NBC News, Jan. 23, 2020) Oldest Pearl Harbor veteran to have post office named for him (NBC News, Dec. 26, 2020) Country legend Charley Pride succumbs to Covid-19 complications (NBC News, Dec. 12, 2020) Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver dies of COVID-19, dementia at 75 (NBC News, Sept. 2, 2020) DJ Erick Morillo, who helped popularize house music, dead at 49 (Sept. 1, 2020) 'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman dies after battle with cancer (NBC News, Aug. 28, 2020) '60s singer Trini Lopez, 83, dies while battling coronavirus (NBC News, Aug. 11, 2020) Derek Ho, first Hawaiian male world surfing champ, dead at 55 (NBC News, July 18, 2020) Authorities believe 'Glee' actress Naya Rivera drowned in California lake (July 8, 2020) Stories of victims we've lost from COVID-19  (NBC News, April 29, 2020) Ellis Marsalis, jazz patriarch, dies at 85 after coronavirus diagnosis (April 1, 2020) TV actor R

Dennis Romero's vintage features

The Rainbow Collision (Ciudad magazine, Oct./Nov., 2005): Tensions erupt between African-Americans and Latinos on Los Angeles streets. Dead of Night (Ciudad magazine, June/July, 2007): A look back at the Night Stalker's murderous reign of terror in the summer of 1985. Pop's Living Dead (LA CityBeat, 2003): An argument for the end of rock and an embrace of electronic dance music. The Other Side (Ciudad magazine, Feb./March, 2006): An examination of Latinos who vociferously oppose illegal immigration. The Gentle Beast (Ciudad magazine, Aug., 2007): A profile of Ultimate Fighter Tito Ortiz, who overcame a hardscrabble childhood to become a champion in a controversial sport. Desolation Boulevard (LA CityBeat, Feb. 5, 2004): A pre- Steve Lopez feature about the intractable conditions for the homeless people living on L.A.'s Skid Row. A Turbocharged Obsession (Los Angeles Times, Jan. 22, 1997): The first mainstream look at the import-racing scene that would inspir

Sample This!

LA CityBeat Oct. 14, 2004 By Dennis Romero It's a squealing guitar riff that's barely background noise in N.W.A.'s "100 Miles and Runnin'." Just a bit of acid ax buried under the rap. Nonetheless, this three-chord bit has helped make those who sample without permission - and permission means paying up - industry outlaws. Astonishingly for some, the practice of sampling has been pushed against the ropes by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. A recent ruling by the court forces producers to get clearance for using even one-note snippets of others' performances. It has sent a chill through the hip-hop and dance music worlds. "In an instant," declared the anti-industry website, "this act made the majority of sample-based music illegal." More than any other instrument, the sampler symbolizes pop music's post-rock, postmodern era. Hip-hop, electronic dance music, boy bands, and teen pop sex symb

Gangster's Paradise Lost

LA CityBeat Nov. 6, 2003 By Dennis Romero Cover photo by Steve Appleford Losing the mural, it seems, was a sign of the times. In 2002, when the city renovated the recreation center at Stoner Park in West L.A., the last remnants of the Westside's Latino gang culture were told that the building's big Chicano-era mural would be temporarily removed to accommodate construction, but then returned. The big tableaux from the side of the building was an homage to the Mexican flavor of the neighborhood, and a point of homeboy pride. But when Mayor James K. Hahn presided over ribbon-cutting ceremonies celebrating the completed makeover last summer, the mural was absent, and the homies still haven't seen it. (A council district field deputy who keeps his eye on parks in the area said he has no idea what happened to the artwork.) Today, a few survivors of the Sotel 13 gang, which has claimed the park since the early 1950s, still congregate at the rec center each weekday at 3 p.m.


LA CityBeat Nov. 18, 2004 By Dennis Romero At Glendale Boulevard and Second Street, you can see the crossroads of L.A., old and new. Immigrants from the Mexican state of Michoacan play the pre-Columbian handball game of tarasca in a dirt lot destined to soon sprout a 276-unit, five-story apartment building, mostly for the middle and upper-middle classes. On the hill above, the $45 million Visconti apartment complex is already going up rapidly, faster than the graffiti that lines the historic Toluca Yard, a long-abandoned Pacific Electric rail stop that's become home to the nation's only known tarasca court. Five blocks to the east, the towing skyscrapers of Bunker Hill reflect the setting sun, washing gleaming rays upon this gritty but shifting neighborhood just west of downtown. The area is patrolled by the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division, once the city's leader in homicide reports, and once described as the Fort Apache of the LAPD. Now, Land Rover