MERCED SUN-STAR -- In 1976, Ramirez cowrote an investigative report for the Examiner — with Lowell Bergman — about a Chinatown gang murder. The piece detailed how two police inspectors and an assistant district attorney had pressured witnesses into lying in order to convict Richard Lee. The three sued Ramirez and Bergman for libel and sought $30 million in damages. The reporters fought the suit for years and ultimately won. After being hired as KQED news director in 1991, Ramirez was later promoted to executive director for news and public affairs. Earlier this year, Ramirez was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Service to Journalism Award by the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter. He taught for years at San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley.