Gustavo Arellano moves to KCRW

gustavo-arellano-mug.jpgGustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly in Orange County and creator of the paper's popular "Ask A Mexican" column, will start doing regular weekly commentaries about Orange County for KCRW. He will be heard Monday afternoons during NPR's "All Things Considered" news program, starting Dec. 10, the station says. Arellano had been a regular contributor to the OC reporters' roundtable segment that airs on KPCC during Larry Mantle's "Airtalk" program. I assume that will end. He also has had a show of his own on KPFK and often was a guest during "Good Food" on KCRW. So he has a bunch of radio experience and also is the author of a few books, most recently "Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America."

"KCRW was looking for someone who could shine a bright light on this sprawling, diverse and vitally important region of Southern California, and we are happy to have Gustavo as a guide,” says KCRW news director Gary Scott in the station's announcement. “Gustavo is smart, he’s dogged, he’s funny … and he’s occasionally outrageous -- but he’s more passionate and plugged in than just about anyone you’ll ever meet.”

Ask a Mexican now runs in 39 U.S. newspapers. Back in 2010, Arellano discovered he is related to actress Jessica Alba.

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