Howard Fine

Reporter (Government & Energy)

Howard Fine is a 19-year veteran of the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has covered public policy issues, energy companies, transportation, economic development, banking and finance and various special assignments. He has won several awards, including Best Body of Work for a single reporter from the Association of Area Business Publications and Distinguished Journalist of the Year from the Society of Professional Journalists.

A Los Angeles native, Howard graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in English from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Howard obtained a master of science degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to joining the Business Journal, Howard spent seven years as Staff Reporter at the Orange County Business Journal and before that, as Orange County Bureau Chief for City News Service.

Regulation and Policy is a biweekly column that keeps business leaders apprised of new city, county and state regulatory issues that may affect their businesses.

Email: hfine@labusinessjournal.com
Phone: 323-549-5225 Extension: 227

Recent Stories

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L.A. County Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.7 Percent

L.A. County’s robust labor market continued to gather steam in October as the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent from 4.9 percent in September and the county added 35,000 payroll jobs, the state reported on Friday.

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Toebben Departure Gives Chamber Opportunity

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L.A. Area Chamber’s search for new leaders.

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L.A. lobbyist Ken Spiker Dies at 93

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