Alum Ben Fong-Torres Reflects on Five-Decade Career as Rock 'n' Roll Journalist

Friday, May 14, 2021

KRON-CHANNEL 4 (SAN FRANCISCO) -- When he began his career more than five decades ago it was pretty obvious few people looked like him.

“I had no role models who were Asian Americans,” Fong-Torres said. “I had role models who for sure in show business, radio and television and writing, but nothing outside those folks and so, yeah, my dreams were kind of limited.”

Fong-Torres got his start as a reporter and editor while attending San Francisco State University. A few years later he would be a reporter for the legendary Rolling Stone Magazine, writing about singers that are soundtracks for many people’s lives.