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Ruben Salazar Project

  • About Ruben Salazar

    Posted on May 9, 2012 by Melissa Caskey in Uncategorized.

    Though Ruben Salazar is recognized for his career as one of the most revered and recognized Latino journalists of the 20th century, less is known about his personal life and the early years leading up to his stint as a reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and his work as the news director for the Spanish-language KMEX television station in L.A.

    Salazar was born on March 3, 1928, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and immigrated to Texas with his parents and sister when he was an infant. He grew up in El Paso and graduated from El Paso High School in 1946. Salazar enlisted in the United States Army after high school, before attending the Texas Western bebe??? College at ray bans ale El Paso and cheap jerseys from china graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1954. During his college years, he wrote a column for the school paper and also worked as a managing editor.

    For a short time thereafter, Salazar worked at the El Paso Herald-Post before moving to Northern California in 1956 to write for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and later the San Francisco News. In cheap oakleys 1959, Salazar moved to Southern California to work for the L.A. Times, which would become his mainstay for more ray ban outlet than a decade. That same year, he met Sally Robare, his future wife. Sally worked in the classifieds department at the Times. During the first years of his career at the Times, Salazar served as a foreign correspondent in Vietnam, Cuba and Mexico. Salazar also wrote a series titled fake oakleys “Spanish Speaking Angelenos.”

    He was  named the Mexico City bureau chief in 1966, a post he enjoyed until the Times called him back to Los Angeles to cover the Chicano Movement in June 1968. Salazar followed his boss’s orders and was forced to move his family back to Southern California. In 1970, though, Salazar made a major career move and agreed to become the news director for KMEX-TV. After taking on the new job, Salazar continued writing a column for the Times.

    His career was cut short, though, on August 29, 1970. While covering the Chicano Moratorium in East Los Angeles, Salazar stopped in at the Silver Dollar Bar and Cafe. Sheriffs soon surrounded the Silver Dollar and fired a tear gas canister into the bar, striking and killing Salazar.

    Ruben was survived by Sally and three young children — Lisa, Stephanie and John.

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