Fernando Ortiz Jr. is an editor and U.S. historian, with a primary interest in Latin America during the U.S. Civil War era.
Ortiz is the managing editor of Texas Public Radio, the San Antonio affiliate of National Public Radio. Before joining TPR in 2017, he was a news editor at newspapers in Corpus Christi and San Antonio from 1999 to 2010.
Ortiz also taught U.S. history at Northwest Vista College, San Antonio College, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Texas A&M University-San Antonio from 2015 to 2017.
He graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 and an M.A. in history from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014. Ortiz plans to pursue a doctorate in U.S. history or American Studies.
He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, and moved with his family to Corpus Christi in 1983. Ortiz lives in San Antonio.