California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) alumnus Sam Enriquez served as keynote speaker at the CSU New York/Tri-State Alumni Reception on March 14, an event that annually brings together alumni from throughout the California State University (CSU) system to network and mingle.
Enriquez (Class of ’85, B.S., economics) is senior editor, Page One of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the largest newspaper in the United States. He edits stories on politics, finance, corporations and foreign affairs, as well as breaking news.
During the reception, which took place at The University Club of New York, Enriquez shared experiences about being a CSUDH student and how his degree has helped him achieve personal and professional success. He also discussed his family’s CSU legacy: his wife received her teaching credential at CSUDH and one of his sons and sister have attended CSU campuses. The reception also included remarks from CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, CSUDH President Willie J. Hagan, and CSU Fullerton President Mildred García, former CSUDH president.
Enriquez joined the WSJ as a national news editor during the 2008-09 financial crisis, tapping into his CSUDH education to help develop some of the biggest financial stories in modern history. Three days after graduating from CSUDH he was hired by the Los Angeles Times and spent 20 years at the newspaper as a reporter, city editor and foreign correspondent in Mexico City. At The Times, he directed Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of two breaking news events: the infamous 1997 bank robbery in North Hollywood and the 2003 Southern California wildfires.
Enriquez began his career in journalism in 1980 as a reporter for the South Bay newspaper Easy Reader, splitting his time between work and attending CSUDH.