Pulitzer prize-winning journalist George Ramos joins CalCoastNews
August 1, 2009
George Ramos, three time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former bureau chief with the Los Angeles Times, has joined CalCoastNews.
Ramos, former chair of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Journalism Department, continues to teach reporting and editing classes as a tenured professor at the campus.
In his role with CalCoastNews, Ramos will help edit stories and provide assistance as needed for other investigative projects.
“We are thrilled to have George Ramos,” said Karen Velie, co-founder and investigative reporter with CalCoastNews. “His 31 years of newspaper experience brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to CalCoastNews.”
Ramos was the first Chicano journalist to win the coveted Pulitzer for a continuing series chronicling the lives of Southern California Latinos. He went on to win additional awards in 1993 and 1994 for his reporting on the Northridge earthquake and the riots surrounding the verdict in the Rodney King beating case.
“CalCoastNews is the kind of investigative journalism that we need,” Ramos said. “Along with my teaching duties at Poly, I’m looking forward to being part of this new wave of journalism on the web.”
CalCoastNews is San Luis Obispo County’s only on-line independent news source producing in-depth investigative news in the public interest. CalCoastNews was co-founded by Daniel Blackburn, a veteran journalist, best-selling author and former capitol bureau chief for the Orange County Register; and Karen Velie, a professional journalist who has interviewed national figures such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
In addition to his editing and advising duties, Ramos may also take on reporting and writing assignments.