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Lisa Girion moves from Business to Metro as projects reporter [Updated]

Here's the note to the staff from David Lauter, Assistant Managing Editor:

I’m very happy to announce that Lisa Girion, who has helped set the agenda for change in the health care industry with her stories about insurance practices, will be joining Metro as a projects reporter. Lisa will report to Julie Marquis.

Lisa first joined The Times in 2000 as an editor in what was then the Life & Style section. [For the record: A reader points out that the section was called Southern California Living in 2000.] She moved to Business shortly thereafter, and in 2004 began covering the business of health care, where her reporting has repeatedly put her ahead of the pack on crucial issues. Most notably, she doggedly pursued the industry practice of rescinding coverage when people get sick. Her stories forced change in California – getting insurance coverage back for thousands of people – and helped spur the debate nationwide. In her years on the beat, Lisa has developed a well-earned reputation for her ability to size up and explain complex issues, her detailed grasp of the intricacies of the health care system and her tenacious reporting. All those traits will serve her – and our readers – well in her new post.

Lisa spent the 1990s across town at the Daily News, where she started as a staff reporter and ended up as city editor. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Dallas Times Herald and the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal. She’s a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School.

Please join me in welcoming Lisa aboard.

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