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Ana Beatriz Cholo
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Ana Beatriz Cholo grew up being told that the outdoors and doing adventurous things was not for girls. When she was 17, she signed up for her first adventure – enlisting in the U.S. Navy.

After boot camp in Orlando, Florida and training in Meridian, Mississippi, she spent the following two years on the USS Simon Lake in Scotland. She was fond of telling her shipmates that women can be as strong as men and she proved that by lugging heavy boxes up and down steep ladders. During leave, she backpacked around Europe for a month. Her next tour of duty was working with the Seabees in Puerto Rico while wearing a cute, olive-green uniform, doing light construction, driving a forklift and being in charge of a supply warehouse.

After four years and three months of service, Ms. Cholo ended up in Biloxi, Mississippi. She ultimately moved back home to California and became the first in her family to graduate from college. She graduated from the University of Southern California and holds a dual degree in History and Print Journalism from the Annenberg School of Journalism & Communication.

Ms. Cholo is an award-winning journalist and has spent much of her career covering human interest, education and political stories. She has worked for The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press and the Press-Telegram in Long Beach. Her work has appeared in TIME magazine, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe , The Washington Post , Ms. and other news outlets. For almost five years as an education reporter for the Chicago Tribune, she covered Chicago Public Schools, the third largest school district in the country.

Ms. Cholo is of Colombian and Brazilian descent. Her native languages are Spanish and Portuguese.

Ms. Cholo is a volunteer with Latino Outdoors, a national non-profit organization, which seeks to connect Latino "cultura" and community with the outdoors. Her first tent camping experience came fairly later in life and that is when she fell head over heels in love with the outdoors, nature and spending time in the middle-of-nowhere. She loves hanging out with her 7-year-old son, hiking, backpacking, climbing mountains, cycling, kayaking, participating in triathlons and doing anything that sounds adventurous.

She is the media relations manager for the Milken Family Foundation in Santa Monica. She has also worked as a social activist, photographer and country music disc jockey. She lives in Redondo Beach, Calif. with her 7-year-old son. She has two young adult children.

Entries by Ana Beatriz Cholo

Getting Wild: This Latina Finally Gets to Experience the Thrill of the Outdoors

(4) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 10:16 AM

My escape as a young girl growing up in an unhappy household was books. I would return from the library with paper bags filled with books -- I kid you not. From my bedroom, I would immerse myself in other worlds, other people's lives and try to live vicariously through...

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El Super Grocery Workers Fight for Paid Sick Leave

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:59 PM


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To the sources of airborne diseases brought in from schools, hospitals and airliners,...

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A Letter to Coachella Music Festival Promoters: Create Smoking Sections

(3) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 12:16 PM

I attended Coachella last weekend. It was an unforgettable experience to see many of my favorite acts in one place. The sounds, the searing desert heat, the spectacular light shows, the weirdness of it all and the interesting people are all things I hope to remember when I'm on my...

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The 6 Things That Helped Me Get to the Finish Line of the Chicago Marathon

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 1:57 PM

When I set out on a run at the Lake Hollywood Reservoir Sunday, my first since participating in the Chicago Marathon a month earlier, I was eager. My mp3 player was dead so I figured I would just listen to Pandora on my iPhone. But when I realized there was...

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A Year's Journey: Getting Dumped, My Mom's Death 3 Days Later, Losing 35 Lbs

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 2:21 PM

My boyfriend James and I were hiking up to the summit of Mount Baldy, elevation 10,064 feet a couple of weeks ago. The rocky knoll ahead of us seemed insurmountable. It might as well have been Mount Everest, which is why I averted my gaze from what lay ahead and...

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Training for a 122-Mile Vegas Bike Ride & Trying Not to Be A Wimp About It

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 12:59 PM

It was mile 43 of a 56-mile ride and I was very slowly climbing up a hill on a sunny 90-degree Southern California day. Next to me was Megan Olson, a team captain for the Leukemia and Lymphoma's (LLS) "Team in Training" program. She was prodding, cajoling and encouraging me...

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How I Began to Grow a Social Justice and Racial Consciousness, Circa April 29, 1992

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 1:26 PM

From an apartment in Biloxi, Miss., I watched on TV as Los Angeles burned, rioted and turned itself inside out on April 29, 1992.

Days before, I had stepped off a plane from Naval Station Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico where I had been stationed.

I was in...

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Growing Up a Real Cholo

(4) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 7:35 AM

Cholo? Your last name is Cholo?

Even in Disneyland's Critter Country, I can't escape from my name. The lady at the Hungry Bear restaurant was holding my credit card in her hand and looking at me quizzically. She admitted she had never come across a real Cholo in all...

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Grieving For Two Little Boys I Never Knew

(5) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 10:06 AM

I follow the news constantly so when I heard about a missing person's case involving a woman in Utah just over two years ago, it caught my attention. Her husband claimed he had taken their two very young sons for a midnight camping trip. In a blizzard. To the middle...

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Letting Go: A Love Letter to My Daughter

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 1:24 PM

My 19-year-old daughter stepped onto an plane today and left the California sunshine for a rural town in Tennessee to live with her father's family.

About three years ago, after 16 years of me raising her and against my will, she moved in with her father who lives about...

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Gearing Up for Another Fight: Keeping LGBT History in Public Schools

(56) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 9:53 AM

The anti-equality folks behind the Stop SB 48 campaign suffered a recent disappointment a few weeks ago. Their ballot referendum to repeal SB 48 -- the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful) Education Law -- failed to qualify because they did not gather enough signatures.

But on Thursday, Nov....

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Extreme Makeover After a Tragedy: Salon Meritage in Seal Beach Episode?

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 6:37 PM

I'm writing this post on a Saturday afternoon as I sit under a dryer in a hair salon.

If you've spent as much time as I have in a salon, you know it can be a comforting and validating place. You walk in looking like a hausfrau, you emerge...

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Anatomy of a Flash Mob (And How You Can't Pray the Gay Away)

(5) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 10:45 AM

A few weeks ago, I organized a flash mob to Madonna's "Like a Prayer" to tell Michele Bachmann and hubby Marcus that you actually can't "pray the gay away." The YouTube video is now up to over 91,000 views, and it's technically gone viral, at least...

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