Our management and editorial honchos
Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz is probably the most prolific Chicano artist in the nation, according to this bio. This award-winning joker has spent two decades chronicling the political ascendancy of Latinos in America and pushing the boundaries of Chicano art. He is the creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha,” he co-founded the political comedy troupe Chicano Secret Service and he co-hosts the infamous “Pocho Hour of Power” on KPFK in Los Angeles (90.7 FM). Lalo also teaches at Otis College of Art & Design in L.A. Alcaraz recently won the So Cal Press Club Award for Best Editorial Cartoons in 2010. Rumor has it he was actually born here.
Jefe de Content Dennis Wilen is a reformed journalist and veteran radio and records executive, music producer, webmaster and web editor with credits that include Rolling Stone, LACMA, The L.A. Jewish Journal, the Milken Family Foundation, Brentwood Patch, Yahoo! Geocities, Harry Shearer and Spinal Tap. He is left-handed, near-sighted, high-minded and typically inhabits at least four of the eleven dimensions of our corner of the multiverse. He comes in peace for all online, edits everything you see here and writes for POCHO under the font name Comic Saenz.
Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón is a Latina journalist and bloguera suprema, former editor of NewsTaco.com and now the editor of Más Wired, a website and non-profit highlighting Latinos working in tech and the media. She loves chismes, is obsessed with news and social media, and is a great lover of dangly earrings. She’s a pocha to the core, barely able to sustain a conversation without switching between English, Spanish and Spanglish. She’s also Southwest bicoastal (that’s Texas and California) and generally lives life in-between languages and cultures. Oh, and she’s a major frijol connoisseur.
Subcommandante de la Cultura Victor Payan is an award-winning writer and media artist who contributed to Pocho Magazine when it was still being published on clay tablets. He is co-creator of multimedia interventions, including Aztec Gold with Lou Chalibre and Keep on Crossin’, served as Director of Programs for the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, helped produce documentaries for PBS and is a recipient of the Idea Fund Grant, a program funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. He is currently developing a Chicano martial art based on lucha libre, chisme and brujeria.
Migrant Editor (and Daily Show Senior Latino Correspondent) Al Madrigal is real pocho’s pocho. He has been named Best Stand-Up Comedian by the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. His comedy has been called “dynamic” by The New York Times. His unique, spontaneous and fast-paced lyrical storytelling style has made him a regular on television with numerous appearances on Comedy Central. He has also appeared with Conan O’Brien (as one of the first 20 guests during his stint as host of “The Tonight Show,” and on “Conan” on TBS) as well as multiple appearances on “Lopez Tonight,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Al also has his share of acting credits with some very famous actors. However, so few people watched those shows they were all cancelled within a year or two. On the other hand, “About A Boy” on NBC got renewed!
Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano is editor of “OC Weekly,” author of the syndicated column “¡Ask a Mexican!” and the book “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America,” consulting producer on FOX’s “Bordertown,” and is really Lalo Alcaraz.
Pocho Ñews Service
Beto Mesta aka Eres Nerd
Celina Martinez aka Tia Lencha
Food and Gwine Editor