Samuel Enriquez

B.A., Economics, 1985

Samuel Enriquez

Sam Enriquez is currently a national news editor for the Wall Street Journal. His first full-time journalism position was at the Easy Reader, a weekly newspaper covering local news in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach. He worked at the Los Angeles Times for 22 years as a reporter, assistant city editor, and city editor covering “courts, cops, cities, schools, and features” in Los Angeles. As an editor, he directed coverage that earned the paper two Pulitzer Prizes in breaking news, the first in 1998 for stories on the 1997 North Hollywood shootout between police and gunmen after a botched bank robbery, and then for coverage of the 2003 California wildfires.

After brushing up on his Spanish, he prepared for a far-reaching assignment in 2005: foreign correspondent in Mexico City. He covered Mexico’s 2006 presidential election, the drug wars, immigration, economics and hurricanes for the Los Angeles Times.