Before Ruben Salazar became a successful journalist who was able to travel the world and report on major issues and events around the world, he was a successful student who laid a strong foundation to achieve his dreams.
Salazar worked as a reporter in Northern California for a little over a year from 1956 to 1957. He covered the city of Petaluma as a bureau chief for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and covered the city of San Francisco for the San Francisco News.
In the fall of 1966, Salazar remained assigned to the foreign desk as the Times’ Mexico City Bureau Chief. He was living and working in Mexico City in June 1968 when he received a letter from foreign editor Bob Gibson, calling him back to Los Angeles.
He used an unmatchable talent in reporting and writing – to help bring the point across that something had to be done about [injustice]. Even after his death, his ideas and beliefs continued to inform many on their path to achieving justice.