Latoya West


  • Staff writer for LoHud, the arts, entertainment, leisure, and sports section of USA Today.
  • Over eight years of experience in writing about reality television, including conducting interviews with celebrity hosts and show contestants alike.


Latoya West is a former writer for ThoughtCo who contributed articles about entertainment and television, especially reality TV, for over six years.

After getting a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Concordia College in 1999, West served as the Assistant Editor for "Court TV Online," the Editor for "," and a contributing writer for "LoHud" online.

Latoya's obsession with reality TV started when she watched the first season of MTV's "The Real World" in 1992, and her love continues to this day as she stays on top of the latest reality TV news. Thanks to daily TV viewing, online research, and contact with TV publicists, Latoya has become an expert on the evolving reality TV genre.

Over the years, she has quizzed eliminated reality show contestants for shows like "America's Next Top Model" and gotten the dirt personally from reality TV personalities including Simon Cowell and Donald Trump.


Latoya West earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Concordia College in 1999.

Awards and Publications
  • Staff writer for LoHud, a segment of USA Today
  • Contributed hundreds of articles on reality TV

A Message from Latoya West

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