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.
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.
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
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
Fluent in Spanish
San Diego State University
Bachelor’s Degree in English 2001