Bio

Award-winning investigative reporter with native experience in profile-building, economy, and deep background discovery. Specialize in relations between the United States and Latin America with an emphasis on international border management and security, organized crime, business, life.

RESUME

Work Experience Senior Editor, KJZZ's Fronteras Desk, February 2016 – present Manage team of four reporters in the Southwest, producing in-depth stories on immigration, international boundary management, and border security against the transforming cultural backdrops of the United States and Mexico. Investigative Producer, KVOA News 4, February 2014 – present Led and supervised team of three reporters, building initiative from conception to editorial production. Report, gather, produce video and edit our work on ground-breaking stories about Southern Arizona and the U.S.-Mexico border region. Worked on a multi-media platform that included original reporting, professional video shooting and production, graphics design, photography, online media, and social media promotion. Senior Field Correspondent, Fronteras Desk, October 2010 – February 2014 Produced sound-rich narratives on life in the Southwest. Focused on immigration, organized crime, financial crime, and cross-border politics for a wide network of NPR stations. Produced stories on a multi-media platform, including broadcast, photography, online versions of stories, social media promotion Operated my own bureau independent of the station headquarters Co-Author, A Shared Responsibility, January 2010 – April 2010 Shared in reporting and writing an examination of the various responsibilities shared by Mexico and the U.S. in Mexico's public security crisis. Project funded by the Woodrow Wilson Center Editor and Owner, BorderReporter.com, Dec. 2005 – October 2010 Created one of the first independent news outlets for daily analysis and investigative reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border region. Emphasis on the Homeland Security Department, corruption and organized crime syndicates. Field Producer, Dec. 2005 – October 2010 Arranged interviews and security measures for international media producing stories and documentaries on organized crime, and immigration and the drug wars in Mexico. Produced stories for CNN – Madrid, 60 Minutes – Australia, the BBC, and the CBC Border Reporter, Arizona Daily Star, April 2003 – Dec. 2005 Covered the U.S.-Mexico border, including immigration, national security, politics and federal agencies in both countries. Skills Proficient with: Video production: All JVC and Sony camcorders, Panasonic HPX600 professional cameras, HD-quality smartphones. Audio Production: Marantz Pro Recorders, Transom recorders, field and studio microphones Photography: Canon SLR cameras and lenses Software: Velocity HD Editing, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Audition, FTP, any open source editing software Public Records: Arizona Public Records laws, federal Freedom of Information Act, Mexico federal public records system Data scraping software including Helium and WebHarvy Data analysis software including Excel, Google Spreadsheet, Mac Numbers Honors Associated Press Award for Investigative Reporting, 2016 National Headliner Award, Broadcast Radio, second place, 2012 Maria Moors Cabot Prize, Latin America reporting, co-winner, 2012 Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Ochberg Fellow, 2007 Public Safety Reporting 2007, Arizona Press Club Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism 2005 Casey Journalism Center 2nd Place Best of the West 2004, Words, Editing and Design, 2nd Place 2005 Lee President’s Awards for News and Innovation Beat Reporting 2004, Arizona Press Club Sustained Reporting 2004, Arizona Press Club Enterprise Reporting 2004 Associated Press Managing Editors Languages Fluent in Spanish Education San Diego State University Bachelor’s Degree in English 2001
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