After a couple of weeks off, NBC Southern California and former LA Times staffer Sharon Bernstein (pictured) has started an exciting new career chapter today. She’s joined the Thomson Reuters LA bureau to cover California politics, policy issues and broader western U.S. topics.

That’s not all. Later this summer, Bernstein will be relocating for that beat to Sacramento to launch a Reuters bureau in the state capital. “I will be the only person in the bureau,” Bernstein tells FishbowlLA via email. “I will have two to three stringers that I will be able to work with on stories. The primary beat is California politics and policy issues, but there will be times when I will need to cover other stories in the region, depending on what’s breaking or what’s important, or if I do spot an interesting trend or that sort of thing.”

It’s definitely a change from the local topics she was usually covering for NBC LA. “I’m very excited,” Bernstein adds. And who can blame her? Along with AP, Reuters remains a journalistic gold standard and the kind of place where Bernstein could presumably at the right future time also start doing the kind of enterprise stuff she was involved with at LAT.

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