As a native of East Hollywood, Hector Tobar grew up reading the Los Angeles Times. He devoured the sports pages, especially, but never thought he'd work at a paper his immigrant father occasionally delivered to make a little extra cash. He remembers being 11 and buying the Times' extra announcing President Nixon's resignation.
A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Hector has worked at the Times on and off since the late 1980s, working his way up from The Times' suburban bureaus to its national and foreign desks. Most recently he was The Times Mexico City bureau chief. He's fluent in English and Spanish, and can get around in Portuguese. He also knows six words in Arabic and can order a cheese omelet in French.
Hector has a Master in Fine Arts from UC Irvine, has written two books and is the father of three children.