David Mendez is a digital journalist for Spectrum News. He lives in Los Angeles’s South Robertson neighborhood but spent the first five years of his life in L.A. on the Westside and in the South Bay.

He moved to Southern California in 2014 and worked for a community newspaper reporting on L.A.’s Beach Cities communities before joining Spectrum News 1 in 2020.

David is a 2019 Annenberg Health Journalism California Fellow, where he reported on health initiatives in California and Oregon, and he has been recognized for community profiles by the Arizona Press Club.

He is a native Arizonan and can typically be found in locally-owned coffee shops from Beverly Hills to Torrance. In his spare time, he’s a hopelessly loyal fan of the Phoenix Suns.