Cal Poly Establishes George Ramos Endowment

The legacy of George Ramos, a Pulitzer prize winning reporter for the Los Angeles Times, continues to grow.

The journalist-turned-journalism-professor passed away last summer at age 63. This week, the Cal Poly Journalism Department has announced the creation of an endowment in his name. Contributors will be recognized on a plaque to be permanently displayed at the school, with funds to be divided equally between student and program development. From this week’s release:

“George educated journalists to understand and practice the importance and value of the free press,” said Harvey Levenson, interim chair of the Journalism Department. “He practiced and taught the virtues of objective reporting that people of all walks of life could understand. A Latino, he had a particular affinity for the Latino community, working to create opportunities for members of that community to enter the field of journalism.”

Per last year’s LA Times obituary, Ramos graduated from San Luis Obispo’s California Polytechnic State University in 1969 and began teaching there in 2003. He won the first of three Pulitzer prizes for his work on a 27-part 1984 Latino-focused LAT series.

To make a donation or bookmark the George Ramos Endowment contribution page, click here.

[Photo courtesy Cal Poly]

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Journalism Trailblazer George Ramos Dies at 63