Sharon Bernstein Segues from NBC Los Angeles to Reuters

After a couple of weeks off, NBC Southern California and former L.A. Times staffer Sharon Bernstein (pictured) has started an exciting new career chapter today. She’s joined the Thomson Reuters Los Angeles 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.

Reuters LA entertainment reporter Jill Serjeant recently had one of the few advance-timed pieces about the launch of PMC’s weekly Variety. Meanwhile, as we recently reported, longtime Reuters entertainment editor Bob Tourtellotte parted ways with the company at the end of 2012 and is currently teaching a journalism course at his Alma Mater Oklahoma State University.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
After 20 Years, Family Matters Pull Bob Tourtellotte Away from Reuters

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.