Los Angeles, California
My name is Jasmine Elist, and I am currently an entertainment reporter and editorial assistant with the Los Angeles Times. Throughout my year and a half with the LA Times, I have covered stories on films, television shows, theater and the plethora of cultural events constantly taking place in our city. I have covered some of Hollywood’s most reputable awards shows and have conducted on-camera interviews with the industry’s influential figures for latimes.com, interviewing individuals such as Gary Oldman, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, Paul Feig and Ellie Kemper.
At the Los Angeles Times, I have over 40 bylines, both in print and online for the paper’s Calendar Section, including two front page stories. I have several on-camera clips, covering such popular events as The Taste, presented by the Los Angeles Times, always striving to maintain a charismatic on-camera presence. I was fortunate enough to receive on-camera training from Patt Morrison, greatly improving my on-camera demeanor and providing me with the tools to respond clearly and concisely to questions. I have also conducted several on-camera interviews with individuals who have created costumes and props vital to the Hollywood film and television world.
I am also responsible for producing business reporter, David Lazarus's, daily KTLA segment as well as sports reporter, Bill Plaschke's weekly ESPN: Around the Horn segment. As producer, I work with sound, lighting as well as any issues with camera angles.
I graduated from the University of Southern California in 2009 with a BA in English, emphasizing in Creative Writing and minoring in Psychology. I worked as an anchor for Platforum, a debate show on USC's television station, Trojan Vision. I enhanced my skills in editing by working as the managing editor for USC’s literary journal, AngeLingo. Furthermore, during the summer of 2007, I was fortunate enough to work closely with many of the editors and publishers of HarperCollins. I was given the opportunity to write the manuscript for one of the Fisher-Price baby books titled "Rainforest Choo Choo;" HarperCollins published the book and during the summer of 2008, "Rainforest Choo Choo" hit the shelves of all major bookstores.