Victor Valle is a journalist and ethnic studies professor at Cal Poly Luis Obispo. His writing career began as one of the editors of Chisme Arte
, a journal documenting the creative endeavors of chicano artists throughout California. After the publication folded at the end of the 1970s, Valle wrote for the Los Angeles Times, where he and his fellow Chicano journalists won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles on the lives and accomplishments of Latino residents in California. They were the first Chicanos to win the prize. His books, such as "City of Industry" and "Recipe of Memory: Five Generations of Mexican Cuisine," have received critical and popular praise. In the chapter "Painting the Walls," Valle explains the role of a journalist from the pan-Latino perspective.