Fernando Romero


Fernando Romero was a journalist from San Diego who died on Feb. 6, 2019. Born and raised in Tijuana he started out as a journeyman musician who performed inside the same south-of-the-border rock scene that produced Carlos Santana. After coming to the United States and marrying wife Denise he played with some amazing musicians and even shared the Playboy Jazz Festival stage at San Diego Stadium. But he decided that journalism was where it's at and, at the age of 30 went to college and, a few years later, graduated from San Diego State University.

After training at the Los Angeles Times' San Diego Edition Romero took a job as a pioneering border reporter for the San Diego Tribune. He covered Tijuana, Baja and the whole of Mexico when needed, penning narrative features and breaking news stories. He eventually ended up at the Los Angeles Times again, this time as a section managing editor. After bouncing around as an editor at other publications Romero retired and dedicated his time to his memoir, The Colors of Eden.

Read his obituary here.

Read a tribute to Romero by John M. Glionna here.

Contact Romero's family here.

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