The Long Beach Post is pleased to announce three new additions to our newsroom, who will help ensure we can continue to provide robust coverage of the city of Long Beach.

Kat Schuster
Kat Schuster will serve as the Post’s assistant editor starting Dec. 27.

Kat Schuster will serve as the Post’s assistant editor. Schuster joins the team from Patch, where she served as the statewide news editor for California. Schuster is a Cal State Long Beach alumna, where she served as the Daily 49er’s editor-in-chief before going on to write for the Long Beach Post, Southern California News Group and City News Service. As assistant editor, Schuster will help manage the newsroom’s daily workflow and the production of the Business Journal, as well as contribute to our reporting. Schuster will join the team Dec. 27.

Alicia Robinson
Alicia Robinson will serve as the Post’s enterprise reporter starting Jan. 3.

Alicia Robinson, who has nearly 30 years of reporting experience across Southern California, will be joining the Post as an enterprise reporter. Robinson most recently worked as a local government reporter for the Orange County Register, where she covered everything from corruption allegations in Anaheim city hall to the impacts of major oil spills. In her new role, she will help hold public officials accountable to Long Beach residents and provide in-depth reporting on some of the most impactful issues in the city. Robinson’s first day with the Post will be Jan. 3.

Magnolia Lafleur
Magnolia Lafleur will serve as the Post’s food reporter starting Jan. 9.

Magnolia Lafleur will join the Post as a food reporter. Lafleur most recently worked as a reporter at the Orange County Register, and prior to that, she was a senior writer for the Palisadian-Post. As a Cal State Long Beach alumna and former reporter for the Press-Telegram and Grunion Gazette, Lafleur has a deep connection to Long Beach. Lafleur was raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, and competed as a professional track and field athlete for Trinidad and Tobago’s national team, and she’s excited to bring her global perspective to covering Long Beach’s international food scene. Lafleur will start in her new role Jan. 9.

Lastly, Hayley Munguia, who previously served as Business Journal editor, has taken over a new role as city editor. In her new position, Munguia manages the day-to-day news coverage for both the Post and the Business Journal.

These updates to our team will allow us to keep telling the diverse stories of Long Beach and improve the vital service we provide to our readers. But while we’re committed to covering our city and keeping the Post free to read, it’s not free to produce. If you’d like to contribute to our newsroom’s work, you can become a member here.