About me

I am a longtime journalist with extensive experience reporting on trials and legal affairs. I worked at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, and the Idaho Statesman in Boise, Idaho, before moving to California in 2013 to work at the Orange County Register.

I spent three years at the Register before joining the Los Angeles Daily Journal, a legal newspaper in California that gave me an inside look at litigation and introduced me to lawyers and judges I stay in touch with to this day. My four years at the Daily Journal led me to ALM/Law.com, then Law & Crime News and now, Los Angeles Magazine, where I’d been a freelance contributor since 2020.

My reporting has led to appearances on radio and television shows, including CBS’ 48 Hours, Oxygen Channel’s Snapped: Killer Couples and Investigation Discovery’s Unusual Suspects. I helped pioneer use of Twitter to cover trials live from the courthouse while reporting on a federal death penalty trial in Boise, Idaho, in 2008. Thirteen years later, my Twitter coverage of federal court hearings about a lawsuit over Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis earned first place for “best use of social media by an independent journalist” at the 2021 Los Angeles Press Club Southern California Journalism Awards.

My other recognition includes first place for “best pandemic news story” at the 2021 Orange County Press Club Awards for a Los Angeles Times Community News freelance article about the safety of jury trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. In December 2022, my coverage of rapper Tory Lanez’s trial for the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion earned widespread attention, including a profile from BET and an appearance on Fox 2 Detroit’s The Noon.

I created this website as a way to continue bringing excellent reporting and writing about trials and other legal affairs in and around Los Angeles.

For a collection of my work, visit my website at www.meghanncuniff.com.

Why subscribe?

I will be building this into a hub for everything I do, with a focus on white-collar criminal cases in the Central District of California, with some celebrity trial news sprinkled in. You’ll see my outside-the-courthouse photography, live streams and other videos, and you’ll get exclusive insights that didn’t make the articles or tweets.

I will eventually be paywalling some of my best content in hopes of finding a sustainable model for my independent, courtroom-based journalism in Southern California. If you choose to pay for a subscription, you’ll be supporting a journalist and newsletter with big dreams.

Thank you!

- meghann

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Meghann Cuniff

Legal affairs reporter covering trials and more in Los Angeles and Orange County. Gmail: meghanncuniff