The Los Angeles Times
He joined the newspaper in 1981. In his many reporting assignments, Vartabedian has written on Toyota vehicle defects, presidential candidates, the New Orleans levee failures, the defense industry, the Columbia space shuttle accident investigation, Nuclear weapons , tax collection abuses, and the California bullet train, among much else. 
He won the 2015 Gerald Ford Presidential Foundation award for defense writing, as well as Loeb awards in 1987 and 2010. He was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010, among many other career recognitions. In 1989, the Delta Mu Delta honorary society at California Polytechnic University school of business gave Vartabedian a special award for integrity. 
He covered aerospace and defense issues for 10 years at The Times, covering the military buildup that preceded the end of the Cold War and its decline afterward. He spent five years as a Washington, D.C. , reporter for the paper and then four years as the deputy business editor. 
Vartabedian is married to Jeanne Wright, a freelance writer.