Mario A. Cortez Joins SF Chronicle as Food & Wine Reporter
The San Francisco Chronicle’s new food reporter is Mario A. Cortez, a bilingual journalist who has been traveling California for five years.
Cortez hails from Eureka Times-Standard, where he edited the sports section, covered daily news and shot photos for the Humboldt County newspaper. He began his career reporting on issues facing San Diego’s marginalized communities at La Prensa San Diego, a now-shuttered Latin weekly, before rising through the ranks to become arts and culture editor. As a freelance writer in San Diego, he focused on Latino issues — and food, writing authoritative guides to tacos and burritos stuffed with fries at Eater San Diego.