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CCSS 2024 Speakers

Exhibit Hall

Whose Voices? Whose Stories

Friday, March 8
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Gustavo Arellano


Orange County native and longtime reporter (and wannabe historian) Gustavo Arellano tells how he's been able to fashion a career of telling stories few wanted to tell, challenge stories that everyone did, and teach people how to do the same.



Gustavo Arellano is author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and has been an essayist and reporter for various publications and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He was formerly editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, and penned the award-winning “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answered any and all questions about America's spiciest and largest minority. Gustavo is the recipient of awards ranging from the Los Angeles Press Club President's Award to an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his “exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic,” and was part of the Los Angeles Times team that won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one who came to this country in the trunk of a Chevy.

Gustavo Arellano
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