José Luis Villegas is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. He has been a staff photographer with The Sacramento Bee since February of 1992. Before coming to the Bee, he spent six years as a staff photographer with the San José Mercury News. He has also worked at the Los Angeles Daily News, Arizona Daily Star, and Community Edition of the Orange County Register.
In 1999, José was a contributing photographer in the Edward James Olmos project Americanos. His photographs are part of the Americanos traveling exhibition. In 2002, Cinco Puntos published Home Is Everything: The Latino Baseball Story which features José's photographs and written by Marcos Bretón. José Luis Villegas lives in Sacramento with his wife and two children.
José Luis Villegas is on the right with co-author Marcos Bretón on the left.