By: E&P Staff
Veteran Chicago journalist Alejandro Escalona, who has long chronicled Chicago’s Latino community, has begun writing a weekly column on Thursdays for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Escalona is the former editor of Hoy Chicago, the Tribune Company’s Spanish-language daily, and ¡Exito!, a weekly publication of the Chicago Tribune. Under his watch, both publications won numerous awards for coverage and design.
“Alejandro’s greatest strength is that he’s a reporter first — he goes places, talks to people — before sitting down to write,” Sun-Times Editorial Page Editor Tom McNamee said in a statement. “He’ll write on local current events, especially on issues of interest to Hispanic readers. He’s fair, thoughtful and knows Chicago.”
In the course of his career Escalona has interviewed numerous leading Latin
Americans, including Mexican President Vicente Fox, Cuban President Fidel Castro, Chilean President Patricio Alwyn and Nobel Peace laureate Rigoberta Menchú. He currently works as a communications and marketing consultant.