Jonathan Horwitz is a local government and features reporter for The Orange County Register in Southern California. In addition to covering Irvine — the second largest city in the sixth largest county in the United States, Jonathan covers four more city governments and frequently writes on higher education, environmental issues and healthcare. He is responsible for watchdog journalism over dozens of elected officials representing close to one million people. 

Jonathan previously reported on politics and education for the Desert Sun in California's Coachella Valley, winning statewide journalism awards for his coverage of local elections and school district management. 

As a freelance environmental journalist, he has produced various long-form pieces examining the scale and scope of climate change in America’s national parks and governmental responses to changing conditions within and around them.

Before journalism, Horwitz briefly worked as a financial consultant in Mexico City as a Fulbright-García Robles Binational Business grantee. He was a visiting graduate student at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

Horwitz has a MS in journalism and a BA in political economy from the University of Southern California, where he was an Annenberg Graduate Fellow and Dornsife Scholar and graduated summa cum laude for both degrees.