Alum Jose Antonio Vargas' Documentary Preaches to the Choir

May 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- The documentary was directed by Jose Antonio Vargas, a highly successful journalist who, in 2011, published an article revealing that he was undocumented. Vargas was born in the Philippines. At age 12, he was sent to live with his grandparents in Mountain View, and didn't learn about his undocumented status for several years. He attended San Francisco State University and became a news reporter. From 2000 to 2004, he worked at the Chronicle, writing nearly 100 stories, some of which dealt with immigration issues. Later, he worked for the Washington Post, the Atlantic magazine, Huffington Post and other publications. He profiled Mark Zuckerberg for the New Yorker, and shared a Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to the Washington Post’s coverage of the killings at Virginia Tech.