Ernesto Portillo Jr. joined the Ward 3 staff in January 2020, after a nearly 40-year career in journalism. In his last 19 years, Ernesto was a metro news columnist for the Arizona Daily Star and for 10 years also served as editor of La Estrella de Tucson, the Star's Spanish-language weekly publication. Ernesto was born and raised in Tucson. He is a graduate of Cholla High School and the University of Arizona where he earned an undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies. He has a master's degree in International Journalism from the University of Southern California. Ernesto worked in newspapers in Massachusetts and San Diego, Calif., before returning home. He is a long-time, on-air volunteer with KXCI-FM, serves on its board of directors and the board for Living Streets Alliance. He and his wife, Linda, live on Tucson's west side. They have a plot at Las Milpitas Community garden and he loves his backyard chickens.