Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle

This week on Making Contact, we present a radio adaptation of the documentary Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle. This documentary examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is his transformation from a mainstream, establishment Los Angeles Times reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Salazar was killed by a law enforcement officer in 1970. Featuring material from recently released files, the program removes Salazar from the glare of myth and martyrdom and offers a clear-eyed look at the man.

Special thanks to Phillip Rodriguez, City Projects, and PBS.

Featured speakers/guests:

Ruben Salazar, journalist; Stephanie Salazar Cook, Ruben Salazar’s daughter; Ernesto Vigil, Chicano activist; Phil Montez, Ruben Salazar’s friend; Danny Villanueva, former president and general manager of KMEX; Bill Drummond, former LA TImes reporter.


Host: Jasmin Lopez
Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, George Lavender, Jasmin Lopez
Produced and Directed by: Phillip Rodriguez, City Projects, and PBS.
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth 

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