Peter Hecht began reporting on America’s marijuana phenomenon in 2009, starting with a quixotic medical marijuana taxation vote in Oakland and continuing with coverage of pot legalization efforts and cannabis commerce that swept California and beyond. His marijuana coverage was honored for explanatory reporting in the "Best of the West" journalism awards and earned an Excellence in Journalism prize from the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Hecht, a past Best of the West winner for feature writing and immigration and minority affairs reporting, has served as The Sacramento Bee's political writer and Los Angeles bureau chief. He has reported from nine countries in Latin America, and served as a visiting professor of journalism at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima, Peru, on behalf of the International Center for Journalists. He holds a master’s degree in Latin American and International Studies from California State University, Sacramento. He was a graduate fellow in international journalism at the University of Southern California and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton. He lives in Diamond Springs, California.
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