Marissa Pianko


Marissa Pianko is freelance investigative journalist, particularly interested in environmental issues. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Southern California and has a background in forensic accounting and finance. She is a contributing writer for the online publication Circling The News.


Photography by Peter Bennett On a busy corner in Vista Hermosa, a neighborhood just west of downtown Los Angeles, early signs of construction have begun on a 7-story, 64-unit apartment building ca...

On November 28, 2015, Roger Majano, plagued by a noxious smell overwhelming his Los Angeles neighborhood, heaved a jackhammer onto the walkway in front of his property at 323 Firmin Street. It was ...