Ron Russell is an independent journalist who has won numerous awards both as a reporter at daily newspapers and for his many years producing magazine-length investigative pieces. As a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times he was part of a team of reporters that earned the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
His work, including dispatches during stints in Mexico, has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. He taught journalism at Santa Monica College for seven years.
He is a former John M. Olin Fellow at the Center for International Journalism at the University of Southern California. He earned a master's degree in international journalism from what is now the USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism. He is a magna cum laude graduate of UCLA, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Latin American Studies.
He lives in Portland, Oregon and in his adoptive second home of Cuenca, Ecuador.