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