Stuart Pfeifer joined the firm after spending more than 25 years as a daily newspaper reporter, the last 15 years with the Los Angeles Times. He covered several beats at The Times, most recently biotech, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and healthcare for the Business section. His previous coverage topics included white-collar crime, public companies, criminal and civil courts, law enforcement and government. During his career, Mr. Pfeifer reported on the riots that followed the Rodney King verdicts, the Orange County bankruptcy, numerous high-profile trials, including Michael Jackson’s child-molestation prosecution. Stuart was part of a team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for coverage of a series of devastating Southern California wildfires. Before joining The Times, he covered criminal and civil courts for the Orange County Register, where his reporting was instrumental in the release from prison of a man who had been wrongfully convicted of murder. He was twice named the best newspaper beat reporter by the Orange County Press Club and was recognized by the California Newspaper Publishing Assn. for breaking-news reporting. This vast experience helps Mr. Pfeifer understand what stories will resonate with reporters — and what fact issues might make them back away. Mr. Pfeifer earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton.