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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Phil Bronstein and Jose Antonio Vargas Have a Date at Commonwealth Club

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM

click to enlarge Vargas will answer to his ex-boss.
  • Vargas will answer to his ex-boss.

It's been nearly two weeks since Jose Antonio Vargas came out of the closet, revealing in the New York Times that he has been living and working as an illegal immigrant in the United States most of his adult life. He managed to pull it off while climbing the journalism ranks at the San Francisco Chronicle and winning a Pulitzer at the Washington Post.

Phil Bronstein, the Chron's executive editor, has been grappling with his own unwitting complicity in Vargas' high-profile career -- he had hired Vargas while he was a student at San Francisco State University. Bronstein wrote in a recent column that Vargas had met with him to tell him the truth before his story was printed in the Times.

Now the two will meet up again next Monday at the Commonwealth Club to hash it out publicly.

Bronstein will be playing the role of the host, with Vargas as his guest. But with

Bronstein having referred to Vargas as a "hustler" and a "friend" in

his column, we're guessing there will be more than just polite banter. We expect some hard-hitting back-and-forth that you won't want to miss.

You can buy tickets online

But here is our question: Will immigration agents be in attendance, too?

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