Bethania Palma Markus is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for a variety of publications as a staffer and freelancer, including the Los Angeles News Group, the LAist, LA School Report, the OC Weekly and Raw Story. She earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Irvine and an M.A. in history from California State University at Northridge. She is a huge fan of the X-Files, because while she’s not saying it was aliens, it was aliens.