Frank the Journalist Del Olmo

Frank del Olmo was born on May 18, 1948 in Los Angeles. He attended the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1966. He transferred on 1968 and graduated from California State University of Northridge (CSUN) in 1970. At CSUN he was chosen as the outstanding journalism graduate and the outstanding overall graduate. Del Olmo was a professional journalist Latino who began his journalistic work in the Los Angeles Times where he worked for over 30 years. Unfortunately, del Olmo passed away in his office desk after apparently suffering a heart attack at the age of 55 on February 19, 2004.

Frank del Olmo was a Latino and a professional journalist in the LA Times.

He started his work as an intern reporter in the years 1970 and 1971. He then became a staff writer concentrating in Latin American affairs for most of the next 10 years. He was an editor, columnist, and reporter who eventually became nationally known for his sharp insights into the concerns of Hispanic-Americans.

Frank del Olmo had his focus on many different types of issues including immigration, social justice and minority issues. Growing up from Pacoima, Los Angeles, Del Olmo grew up in a Latino atmosphere, and the environment of the Latino culture was something he was able to relate to and connect to with his work in reporting. His articles consisted of the border violence, walkouts, different protests, the LA riots, and other types of articles.

“Frank del Olmo Collection / California State University, Northridge archives”
“Frank del Olmo Collection / California State University, Northridge”

His reporting style was very unique and carried source lists, court documents, early drafts of stories, organized notes and research from different sources. During these years, many colleges were going through racial tensions and conflicts between each other causing the schools to suffer from riots, walkouts and protests within the college campuses.

“Frank del Olmo Collection / California State University, Northridge archives”
“Frank del Olmo Collection / California State University, Northridge archives”

Strangely enough, the protests in the year 1968 brought an even better education for the Chicano students in their schools, as the article, “No Regrets, Chicano Students Who Walked Out Say” was written by Frank Del Olmo and shows the tough walkouts schools had to go through during these years.

“Frank del Olmo Collection / California State University, Northridge archives”
“Frank del Olmo Collection / California State University, Northridge archives”

Frank del Olmo’s handy dandy notebook was a hit in his journalism note taking skills as it kept his notes organized and precise. Even though most were unreadable and hard to read, it is a very typical note taking journalist who gets his notes down and underlines/circles the most important information like important names, key terms, cities, and who he interviews to help him right his articles and stories.

Frank del Olmo even wrote about and expressed his thoughts and advice for Illegal Immigrants to help them with specific types of alternative programs. “Frank del Olmo Collection / California State University, Northridge archives”

Frank del Olmo had a strong work ethic and passion for the duty of being in the journalism atmosphere, for being one of the few to speak up and have the voice for the Hispanic/Latino community. He brought out the most he could and aided to bring out the best to involve the Hispanic population.

By the end of Del Olmo’s career, he worked his way up to become the associated editor for the Los Angeles Times. His work being publicly recognized inspired and helped many current journalists who learned from his work. To put the cherry on top, he donated all his journalistic work to the CSUN Oviatt Library to share his knowledge and dedicated work with the rest of us who are lucky enough to access and learn as future journalists, his heart and soul he gave to the career of journalism.