Los Angeles Times Community News (TCN), which publishes the Daily Pilot, Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent and TheOCnow.com, has hired two new reporters and a page designer/copy editor for its news operations in Orange County.
Lauren Williams joined the Daily Pilot staff Monday as a public safety and courts reporter. She takes over the beat from reporter Joseph Serna, who will now cover Costa Mesa City Hall full time.
Williams previously served as an editorial assistant in the Los Angeles Times newsroom, a stringer for City News Service and editor in chief for TeaTime-Mag, an online English-language publication in Santiago, Chile.
Williams has bachelor's degrees in political science and journalism from Cal State Long Beach, where she also worked on the campus newspaper, the Daily 49er.
Joanna Clay, a former Daily Pilot freelance contributor and intern, is now a general assignment reporter for the Coastline Pilot. She will continue to contribute to the Daily Pilot as well.