Johnny Messiha

Johnny Messiha

Sports Reporter, Los Angeles

Johnny Messiha is a Southern California native who expects to graduate in spring 2021 with his master’s degree in sports journalism. He has served as a commentator at the University of San Diego, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in communication studies.

Latest from Johnny Messiha

‘I am that character’: New Marvel heroes battle underrepresentation of Native Americans in comics

FLAGSTAFF – Marvel releases new comic book about indigenous heroes


Home on the road: COVID-19 closures mean Lakers fans will travel to see the champs play

LOS ANGELES – Because Staples Center will be closed when the NBA season starts, Lakers fans will have to travel to other states to watch their team and make their presence felt. They believe they can counteract the disadvantages of playing on the road.


Phoenix Suns expect to experience cultural change after addition of Chris Paul

The addition of Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns is expected to benefit the organization on and off the court.


California high school athletes travel to Arizona to keep playing through COVID-19

SAN CLEMENTE, California – California high school athletes can only play competitively out of state and must travel to Arizona with their families to stay in game-shape.


Pick one: California multisport athletes forced to choose, putting college recruitment at risk

ANAHEIM, California – Because of the pandemic, California high school athletes who play multiple sports are facing tough decisions that could affect their chances of college recruitment.


Churches adjust to COVID-19 restrictions in Southwest, many pray to reopen in California

LOS ANGELES – Coptic Christians in Southern California are struggling to find places of worship because of restrictions on capacity under state pandemic restrictions.


Los Angeles just won NBA, MLB crowns, but COVID-19 has parades on hold

LOS ANGELES – In 2020, the Dodgers took the World Series, the Lakers became NBA champs and COVID-19 robbed Los Angeles sports fans of their chance to officially celebrate.


Magic Kingdom fans impatient over continued closure of Disneyland

ANAHEIM, California – Impatient Disney fans and city officials wait for Calif. Gov. Newsom to reopen theme parks.


Gyms have reopened in Arizona while California gyms are suing to do the same

The California Fitness Association is filing suit against California in an effort to reopen gyms and facilities throughout the state that were closed because of COVID-19.


California guidelines aren’t blocking Pac-12 football, governor says

The addition of the Sophia 2 test to the Pac-12 will help schools maintain safety, but will not impact Los Angeles schools who are not even cleared to play yet.