A Voces Special: Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle

About This Episode


A documentary by Phillip Rodriguez, Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, establishment reporter to the primary chronicler and supporter of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s.

Killed by a law enforcement officer in 1970, he became an instant martyr to Latinos — many of whom had criticized Salazar's reporting during his lifetime. Adding to the Salazar mystique is that the details of his death have been obscured in the ensuing four decades. Featuring material from recently released files obtained, Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle removes Salazar from the glare of myth and martyrdom, and offers a clear-eyed look at the man and his times.