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Ruben Salazar

AKA Rubén Salazar

Born: 3-Mar-1928
Birthplace: Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Died: 29-Aug-1970
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: Cerebral Hemorrhage
Remains: Buried, Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist, Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: L.A. Times reporter killed on the job

Military service: US Army

Ruben Salazar was a correspondent in Vietnam, later bureau chief in Mexico City, and finally a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director for KMEX-TV. His most memorable writing covered the protests of the late '60s, and he was perhaps the most prominent Hispanic reporter writing in English at the time of his death -- he was hit in the head by a police tear gas canister while covering the first Chicano-sponsored antiwar protest in Los Angeles. The coroner concluded that his death was a homicide, but the policeman who fired the canister was never prosecuted. As a result, Salazar has been seen as a martyr by Chicano activists, and his name was central to a generation of wacko conspiracy theorists. He is the namesake of Salazar Park, on Whittier Boulevard a few miles east of Downtown Los Angeles.

Father: Salvador Salazar
Mother: Luz Salazar
Wife: Sally Salazar

    High School: El Paso High School, El Paso, TX
    University: BA Journalism, Texas Western College (1954)

    The Los Angeles Times 1959-70
    Naturalized US Citizen
    Mexican Ancestry

Author of books:
Border Correspondent (1995, posthumous)

Appears on postage stamps:
USA, Scott #4251 (41, depicting Salazar, issued 22-Apr-2007)


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