movie critic, Contra Costa Times
Pols was born in Portland, Maine and earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Duke University and a master’s degree in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. After graduate school, she was hired in 1993 as a general assignment reporter at the Seattle Times, where she covered everything from school boards and news features to crime and courts. She worked briefly at the Los Angeles Daily New and for three years as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered health and environmental issues as well as breaking new stories and city government. Since 1997 she has worked at the Contra Costa Times, where she began as a general assignment reporter specializing in social trends and has been the paper’s only movie critic since 2000. She is the founder and president of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, an organization of film critics from Bay Area publications. She has won a number of awards for her work, including First Place in the 2003 for Arts & Entertainment Commentary from the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors.
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