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Esmeralda Bermudez joins Times on California desk

Here's the memo to the staff from David Lauter, California Editor:

I'm very happy to announce a new Metro reporter, Esmeralda Bermudez. I first met Esme in December and was immediately impressed by her energy, drive and commitment to the best sort of journalistic values.

A native of El Salvador, Esme came to Southern California at age 5 when her family fled the civil war at home. They settled in Whittier, where some years later Esme became the first woman in her family to graduate from high school. She went on to USC, where she majored in journalism, then, after a series of internships, took at job at the Oregonian. Last year, she was a Livingston Award finalist for a series she wrote about a 39-year-old Portland-area woman and two of her children who were deported to Guatemala after 13 years of living in Oregon.

Now, she'll have an opportunity to put her reporting talent and her knowledge of immigrant culture and society to work here, in the city where she grew up. That's a happy conjunction both for her and for us. Esme will join us at the end of this month and will initially work a GA assignment. Please join me in congratulating her.

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Just saw a report on Vista LA about Esmeralda. I am of Salvadoran descent and I am proud to see a succesful latina in Los Angeles Times. Set goals in life and do not stop until you achieve them!

Nice to see that the L.A. Times is finally paying attention to the Latino community. Congrats, belated but heartfelt.

I wish to congratulate my babysitter. May God continue to bless her every step of the way on this new journey. Many blessings to you Esmeralda.

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