His journalist labor has been focused on social and political sciences, and most of his work is centered on analyzing Mexico’s political life. In 1986 he won the National Price of journalism, and in 1989 the Guggenheim foundation scholarship.
Hector has collaborated with the National Museum of Anthropology and History as a researcher; he was director of the Mexican editorial named Cal y Arena, and writer of several articles for prestigious publishers, such as: La Jornada, where he was publishing Vice President; UnomásUno; La Cultura en México y Nexos, of which he is owner.
In 1998 his book “Un soplo en el río”, won the Mazatlan Literature Award in which the jury described him as a brilliant historian, he won the Gabriela Mistral medal (Chile) in 2001, as well.
He has dedicated part of his work to the Mexican political life and published about it in “La frontera nómada: Sonora y la Revolución Mexicana”, ed. Siglo XXI, México, 1977; “México ante la crisis”, from which he is coordinator and collaborator ed. Siglo XXI, México, 1985, as well as “México, la ceniza y la semilla”, 2000, and his last work of this genre “La tragedia de Colosio”, 2004.
Side by side with Lorenzo Meyer, he researched and wrote “Historia Gráfica de México”, ed. Patria, México, 1988; and “A la sombra de la Revolución Mexicana”, ed. Cal y Arena, México, 1989.
In his translation phase, he worked in: “La Revolución Mexicana: los años constitucionalistas”, of Charles Cumberland, Fondo de Cultura Económica, México,1975; “Malcolm Lowry”, a Douglas Day biography (with Manuel Fernández Perera and Juan Antonio Santiesteban), Fondo de Cultura Económica, México, 1983.
He has been a visitor teacher in The Institute of Latin American and Iberian Studies, of the Columbia University, in New York. As well as a consultive council member of the National Commission of Human Rights from 1990 to 1999.