Tyrone Beason is a currently a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where he writes an ongoing long-form series about race, identity and belonging called “My Country” that was inspired by his coverage of the 2020 presidential campaign. Previously, he was a Seattle Times columnist and Pacific NW magazine reporter. He has covered a variety of beats but has always sought out characters in the community and aspects of life that often go unnoticed, underreported or too narrowly framed. He was a 2013 fellow with the International Center for Journalists, reporting on the myths and realities of South Africa’s reputation as a safe haven for LBGTQ people in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2021, he was nominated for a Los Angeles area Emmy for his work on an L.A. Times film short about a nearly all-white town in Iowa that’s wrestling with its history of racism. An alumnus of the program, he co-taught the investigative journalism master class at Under the Volcano in 2021.