Los Angeles Times

Esmeralda Bermudez

Writer

Esmeralda Bermudez writes about the lives of Latinos for the Los Angeles Times. She’s written about the Eastside debate, senior ladies who party daily on the Dial-a-Ride, gangsters who double as firefighters and Latinos’ unflinching devotion to San Marcos blankets, Art Laboe and Virgen de Guadalupe shrines. Before joining The Times in 2008, Bermudez worked at the Oregonian in Portland, covering city government and immigration. She was born in El Salvador, raised in Whittier and graduated from the University of Southern California.

Recent Articles

  • Fire erupts in Santa Monica apartment building near the pier

    Fire erupts in Santa Monica apartment building near the pier

    Firefighters in Santa Monica battled a fire at an apartment complex near the pier Saturday night, officials said. The blaze began about 7:45 p.m. on the 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk. It took 33 firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the flames, said Santa Monica fire officials. Los Angeles...

  • San Bernardino shooting victims: 'It's hard to process so much loss'

    San Bernardino shooting victims: 'It's hard to process so much loss'

    The victims ranged from 26 to 60 years old. They hailed from across Southern California: Los Angeles, Fontana, Upland, San Jacinto and Santa Ana. Many were health inspectors charged with making sure San Bernardino County's restaurants, pools and other gathering spots were clean and safe for the...

  • Long Beach convent's reopening helps boost the shrinking ranks of nuns

    Long Beach convent's reopening helps boost the shrinking ranks of nuns

    This summer, Silvana Arevalo put aside her life in San Francisco — a successful career as a chemical engineer, a great salary and lots of friends — and headed to a quiet place outside the city in search of an answer to a question that few women ask these days: Should I become a nun? Since the 1950s,...

  • Pope's East Coast visit is the hottest ticket in California

    Pope's East Coast visit is the hottest ticket in California

    Ofelia Neri knows a thing or two about getting time with the pope. In 2002 the East Los Angeles resident got to see Pope John Paul II in Mexico City, and in 2005 she flew to Rome to witness a Mass by Pope Benedict XVI. When she heard earlier this year that Pope Francis, her favorite pontiff, was...

  • California Catholics spent months trying for tickets to see pope in U.S.

    California Catholics spent months trying for tickets to see pope in U.S.

    Ofelia Neri knows a thing or two about getting face time with the pope — even if it’s from a distance. In 2002, she got to see Pope John Paul II in Mexico City and in 2005 she flew to Rome to witness a Mass by Pope Benedict XVI. When she heard earlier this year that Pope Francis, her favorite pontiff,...

  • Archdiocese of L.A. plans exhibit to honor Serra's sainthood

    Archdiocese of L.A. plans exhibit to honor Serra's sainthood

    In less than a week, thousands are expected to pour into Washington, D.C., to see Pope Francis canonize 18th century priest Junipero Serra. In California, where Serra founded the state's first missions, the church is planning its own tribute. Officials at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles...

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