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Introducing Navarrette.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The growth of the Latino population in the United States, in Oregon and in Lane County makes it increasingly important that this community be represented on the pages of The Register-Guard. But we're interested in doing more than just adding a Latino columnist. We've been looking for a columnist who could write knowledgeably about issues relating not only to Latinos, but to all readers - and if he happened to be Latino himself, so much the better.

We think we've found such a columnist in Ruben Navarrette, whose inaugural column in The Register-Guard appears on the opposite page.

Navarrette was born 40 years ago in California's San Joaquin Valley. He attended public schools in Sanger, near Fresno, where his father was a police officer. Navarrette graduated from Harvard University in 1990, and wrote of his educational experiences in a book, "A Darker Shade of Crimson: Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano."

After a stint as a free-lance writer, Navarrette joined the editorial page staff of The Arizona Republic in 1997. In 1999 he returned to Harvard to earn a master's degree from the Kennedy School of Government. From Cambridge he moved to Texas, where he joined the editorial board of The Dallas Morning News. In 2005 he became a columnist and editorial board member for The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Navarrette's voice is familiar to listeners of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," where he provides regular commentary. He's also a frequent guest on "The PBS NewsHour" with Jim Lehrer and on a variety of cable television news programs.

Navarrette's political orientation is hard to pin down - his syndicate, The Washington Post Writers Group, bills him as a conservative, but he's as likely to skewer Newt Gingrich as Harry Reid. We'll let readers judge for themselves, and we expect that he'll surprise people just when they think they have him figured out. And whatever his point of view, Navarrette writes with authority and verve.

Navarrette says, "As part of a new generation of Mexican-Americans trying to find its own voice, I want most of all to challenge readers to toss aside their assumptions and prejudices and think of critical issues in a different light."

Let us know how well he succeeds in doing that by e-mailing comments to, or writing to the editorial department at The Register-Guard, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene, OR 97440.
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Title Annotation:Editorials; New columnist adds a Latino voice
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:May 6, 2007
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