Los Angeles Times

Hector Becerra

Writer

A native Angeleno who grew up in Boyle Heights, Hector Becerra’s first foray into journalism was as the editor of the University Times at Cal State Los Angeles. He started his career at the Los Angeles Times in 1999, and was a general assignment reporter until 2014, covering everything from wildfires to crime to Latino cultural trends. He has been among the first to a murder scene as part of a ride-along in South L.A. and has tried his hand as a field worker, picking strawberries in Santa Maria. Becerra was part of the team of reporters that won the Pulitizer Prize’s Public Service award for their coverage of the city of Bell corruption scandal. He is now the morning assignment editor for the California section. 

Recent Articles

  • Still waiting for a monster El Niño storm? Forget it

    Still waiting for a monster El Niño storm? Forget it

    Remember those monstrous storms that bore down on Southern California this year courtesy of El Niño, and how they caused mudslides, mass flooding and general pandemonium on the freeways? Neither do we. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared El Niño, the climate pattern...

  • When childhood innocence and gang violence lived side by side in Boyle Heights

    When childhood innocence and gang violence lived side by side in Boyle Heights

    In the 1980s, my boyhood best friend in Boyle Heights and I chatted about gangs. Particularly about starting one. The idea was absurd since me joining a gang was a little like Potsie from "Happy Days" driving south of the border and becoming a hit man for a Mexican drug cartel. It wasn't in my...

  • In this town, it's as if Hollywood tries not to cast Latinos

    In this town, it's as if Hollywood tries not to cast Latinos

    In Hollywood, there is no Magical Latino. That honey-tongued Mexican American dude who can help the white guy with his golf game while, more important, imparting life lessons before disappearing over the horizon? He doesn't exist. That Salvadoran woman wisely guiding the "Chosen One" — another...

  • Smokeless tobacco at Dodger Stadium? You're out of here!

    Smokeless tobacco at Dodger Stadium? You're out of here!

    Tired of watching baseball players spit tobacco all over the dirt or pristine grass (or their uniforms) at Dodger Stadium? Well, apparently so is the Los Angeles City Council. The council voted Tuesday morning to approve an ordinance banning the use of smokeless tobacco products at all baseball...

  • Citrus fruit peels lead detectives to Fresno burglary suspects

    Citrus fruit peels lead detectives to Fresno burglary suspects

    After burglarizing a home in Fresno of $4,000 worth of jewelry and electronics, two thieves peeled off in an SUV. But the pair apparently picked the wrong place to get a boost of vitamin C. Fresno County sheriff’s officials said the burglars left peels from tangelos on the floor of a room in the...

  • Officers shoot man with meat cleaver who called 911 to report assault

    Officers shoot man with meat cleaver who called 911 to report assault

    Long Beach police officers responding to a call of an assault late Thursday shot a man holding a meat cleaver who turned out to be the person who reported the attack, authorities said Friday. An officer arrived at a residence in the 300 block of East Sunset Street about 11:20 p.m. after receiving...

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