Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times

Alene Tchekmedyian

Los Angeles Times

Contact Alene

Discover and connect with journalists and influencers around the world, save time on email research, monitor the news, and more.

Start free trial

  • Los Angeles Times
  • The Union-Tribune
  • Sun Sentinel
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • Hartford Courant
  • The Morning Call
  • Orlando Sentinel

Recent articles by Alene:

Animal rights activist is accused of staging dog abuse, torture

Activist Marc Ching, whose work won support from Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Damon and other celebrities, denies paying butchers in Asia to harm dogs. → Read More

Animal rescue charity's financial practices are troubling, watchdogs say

A whistleblower and watchdogs raise concerns over cash withdrawals, allegedly deceptive solicitations and other financial practices at the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation. The charity denies misleading donors or misusing money. → Read More

California’s prisons and jails have emptied thousands into a world changed by coronavirus

A look at how California's jails are confronting the pandemic, and how those released from custody face new challenges. → Read More

Sheriff watchdog seeking subpoena for documents in alleged Kobe Bryant crash photo cover-up

Los Angeles County's chief law enforcement watchdog is seeking to subpoena documents related to allegations that Sheriff Alex Villanueva directed a cover up after deputies shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others. → Read More

Vanessa Bryant files claim against L.A. County sheriff over Kobe Bryant crash site photos

Vanessa Bryant has filed a claim against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department over deputies sharing "unauthorized" photos of the scene of the helicopter crash that killed her husband Kobe Bryant, their daughter and seven others. → Read More

Oversight panel to subpoena Sheriff Alex Villanueva for testimony on coronavirus in jails

The Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission voted Thursday to subpoena L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva for testimony regarding the coronavirus outbreak in the jails. → Read More

Reopening Los Angeles will be slow as coronavirus cases, deaths keep mounting

Some California businesses are expected to be able to reopen beginning Friday, but it is unclear how quickly Los Angeles County will see changes. → Read More

After hours of debate, Riverside County postpones vote to reopen amid coronavirus pandemic

Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to postpone the vote to reopen the county amid the coronavirus crisis and wait for Gov. Gavin Newsom's guidance. → Read More

L.A. County sheriff to close 2 patrol stations, cut homeless outreach to reduce deficit

Sheriff Alex Villanueva plans to close two patrol stations, the parks bureau and reduce homeless outreach to help reduce his department's deficit. → Read More

Second Riverside County inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19

The death comes as the Riverside County Sheriff's Department faces scrutiny about its ability to protect people who live and work in the jails. → Read More

California says 40% of coronavirus-related deaths are at nursing homes. Is it higher?

Multiple facilities with known outbreaks and facilities with six or fewer beds aren't included in state data, a Los Angeles Times analysis found. → Read More

Talk of reopening grows in L.A. and Orange County despite rising coronavirus death toll

California reopening: Talk of restarting economy grows in L.A. and Orange County despite rising death toll → Read More

L.A. to secure 24 million N95 masks. 'These will be lifesavers' in coronavirus battle

Coronavirus: L.A. purchasing 24 million N95 masks. 'These will be life savers' → Read More

Two Inland Empire men accused in $4-million scam to sell N95 masks

Two Inland Empire men were charged with wire fraud after allegedly seeking more than $4 million for N95 respirators and surgical masks they did not have → Read More

L.A. County sheriff says new decontamination center will allow N95 masks to be reused 20 times

L.A. County Sheriff's Department said a center to decontaminate N95 masks lets first-responders and healthcare workers reuse them amid the coronavirus. → Read More

Fateful choices as coronavirus raged through Riverside jail, hitting deputies and inmates

For two weeks in early March, part of Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Terrell Young's routine was driving inmates, one at a time, from the Cois Byrd Detention Facility in Murrieta to a hospital for medical appointments. → Read More

Coronavirus: Garcetti pushes law protecting displaced workers from being replaced by cheaper labor

The mayor said the idea was to prevent senior workers being replaced by newer, cheaper ones when the economy comes back. → Read More

Custody assistant on life support, 11 inmates test positive at L.A. County jails

A custody assistant at Men’s Central Jail is on life support and is one of 33 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employees infected by the coronavirus, officials said. → Read More

Coronavirus is new front in the war between L.A. County's sheriff and supervisors

The dispute between the sheriff and supervisors over who will lead L.A. County's emergency operations center comes as state, local and federal officials face intense scrutiny over their handling of the coronavirus outbreak and casts the latest squabbling in a harsh light. → Read More

Coronavirus closes Stan's Donuts, a UCLA fixture in Westwood

The beloved Westwood doughnut shop Stan's Donuts has permanently closed. → Read More