Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ruben Salazar to be honored by the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times Media Group celebrates the official commemoration of Ruben Salazar Day in Los Angeles and today's issuance of stamp honoring Salazar with a series of public and private events according to a PR Newswire press release posted on the website, EarthTimes.com.

The new stamp is one of five which immortalize the lives, work, and cultural legacies of American journalists who risked their lives reporting some of the most important events of the 20th century.

According to the release, "Ruben Salazar was the first Latino journalist to gain prominence writing for a major news organization in the U.S. In addition to his award-winning work for The Times (http://latimes.com/), he was the first news director for L.A.'s KMEX-TV and a vocal advocate for social reforms for the Spanish-speaking community. He was shot in the head and killed by a tear gas canister fired by a deputy sheriff in East Los Angeles while covering a Vietnam War protest on August 29, 1970. His death at age 42 sparked nationwide controversy and outrage."

The Los Angeles Times also ran a story today about Salazar and the new stamp which you can read by clicking here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM