Erika Hayasaki

author, The Death Class: A True Story About Life


Erika Hayasaki’s feature stories and essays have appeared in Newsweek, Glamour, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, The Wall Street Journal, Time, The California Sunday Magazine, Los Angeles, Matter, The Big Roundtable, and Narratively. She spent nearly a decade as a reporter covering breaking news and writing feature stories for the Los Angeles Times, where she was a staff metro reporter, education writer, and New York-based national correspondent. She is the author of The Death Class: A True Story About Life (Simon & Schuster January 2014), and has published two Kindle Singles (Dead or Alive, 2012) and (Drowned by Corn, 2014). She teaches digital storytelling, science writing and narrative nonfiction in the Literary Journalism Program at UC Irvine, where she is an associate professor. Erika is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times Best Writing Award, the Association of Sunday Feature Editors Award, The Society for Features Journalism Narrative Award, the American Society of Newspaper Editors Breaking News Award, and is a two-time finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.