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The Ruben Salazar (1928-1970) Papers were donated to the USC Libraries by his children, Lisa Salazar Johnson, Stephanie Salazar Cook, and John Salazar, and comprise Ruben Salazar's personal and professional documents from his experience as a successful American journalist. The physical collection, containing photographs and correspondence, clippings and draft manuscripts of stories, cards and letters from his supporters, awards and realia is housed at USC's Special Collections in Doheny Library. The Digital Library collection contains a selection of photographs and documents pertaining to his biography and career trajectory.   

Ruben Salazar was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in 1928. He immigrated with his family to El Paso, Texas a year later. He attended college at Texas Western College (later re-named the University of Texas at El Paso) from 1946-1948 and 1952-1954, graduating with a degree in journalism. The four-year break in his education was due to a two-year stint helping his father, a jeweler, as a jewelry salesman and then two years serving in the US Army in Germany.

In 1959, Salazar was hired by the Los Angeles Times as the first Latino journalist at an elite newspaper in the United States. He worked for the newspaper until his death in 1970. It was at the Times that he meet his future wife, Sally Robare, who worked in the classified section -- the two were married in 1960. The Times soon appointed Salazar as a foreign correspondent in Vietnam and later as the Mexico Bureu Chief located in Mexico City, Mexico.

In early 1970, Salazar began working as the News Director at KMEX, the first Spanish-language televsion station in Los Angeles. On August 29, 1970, while covering the National Chicano Moratorium, the largest anti-Vietnam War march and rally in Los Angles, Salazar was killed by a tear gas projectile fired by a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff. 


Please also see the Finding Aid and the Ruben Salazar Project website.

 
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