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Hugo Martin to cover tourism for Business

March 19, 2009 | 10:57 am

Here's the memo to the staff from Business editor John Corrigan:


I'm thrilled to announce that veteran Times reporter Hugo  Martín  will be joining our team to cover a key industry: tourism.

In his nearly 22 years at The Times, Hugo has seen action throughout the Southland, including stints in Metro and the Valley, Orange County, Ventura County and Inland Empire editions. His assignments have included local politics, Los Angeles City Hall and transportation.

Hugo was also part of the Metro staff that won Pulitzer Prizes for covering the '92 Los Angeles riots, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the North Hollywood bank shootout.

In 2005, Hugo joined the staff of the Outdoor section. After it closed, Hugo transferred to Travel, where he distinguished himself on the outdoor recreation beat.

A graduate of Pomona College, Hugo started with The Times as a member of the Minority Editorial Training Program. He authored a children's book, "Pablo's Christmas," which was recently published as a stage play. He is married to Times "Cause Celeb" columnist Tina Daunt. They live in Pasadena with their daughter Isabella, two cats and a very old dog.

Hugo will work with Pat McMahon. Please join me in welcoming him to our team.