Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer-Winning Reporter Who Came Out As Illegal Immigrant, Worked For the Chron

A Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter at The Washington Post came out as an undocumented immigrant in a story in the New York Times Magazine published online Wednesday. Jose Antonio Vargas is a Filipino national who climbed this country's journalism ranks while using a photocopy of a fake Social Security card and claiming to be a citizen.

His résumé includes the San Francisco Chronicle, where Vargas wrote that he was an editorial assistant sorting mail and freelancing articles while a freshman at San Francisco State in the early 2000s. (SF State's Web site features him as one of its “alumni hot-shots.”)

Vargas wrote that he kept his immigration status a secret to all but a few colleagues. Reporter Carl Hall tells SF Weekly he certainly didn't know

Vargas' immigration status at the time.

“I think he was a talented young man, and I

guess someone told me he went on

to bigger and better things, and now I don't know what he's up to,” Hall

says.

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