Juan R. Palomo|
(July 7, 1946 - living) U.S.A.
Juan R. Palomo, born in Grafton, North Dakota. Born to Mexican immigrant parents, he grew up in Crystal City, TX, although he spent much of his first 20 years with his family on the migrant farm worker trail to North Dakota and other Midwestern states. He majored in art education at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX., Juan taught high school art for two years before joining the staff of a weekly newspaper in San Marcos.
Juan received a Masters Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs at American University in Washington. He worked for 15 years with the Houston Post as general assignment reporter, foreign correspondent, Washington correspondent, political reporter, columnist and editorial writer - until the paper folded in 1995. Shortly after becoming a columnist, Palomo attempted to come out in his column after a gay-bashing murder in Houston. His editors refused to let him do it and eventually fired him for discussing the matter with other media.
After a week of protests from his supporters and much nationwide negative media attention, the paper rehired him. As an editorial writer he went on to win the state's top three editorial writing contests in 1992. After the paper closed, Juan worked briefly for the Austin American-Statesman as a religion writer, and later as managing editor of a now-defunct religion/psychology magazine called The Salt Journal
He was also a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors, writing a monthly column, for two years. He now works in public relations for a national trade association in Washington, DC.