I'm a print and radio journalist with more than six years of experience. The tucson desert has been my second home since the age of 13, after migrating here with my mother and two younger brothers from guatemala city, guatemala. in 2012, I graduated from the university of arizona with a bachelor's degree in journalism. In May 2018, i completed a master's degree in latin american studies, also from the university of arizona.
Arizona public media, the npr and pbs affiliate in Tucson, gave me my first opportunity as a journalist. at azpm, i learned how to collect and edit sounds for radio stories that would range between one and 10 minutes long. The issues that i focused on were diverse—from narratives of transgender and gender non-conforming children to adult immigrants eager to learn english so they could communicate with their grandchildren or return to school. I also co-produced a five-minute mini documentary about tucson-based singer and painter salvador duran, for the weekly tv show arizona illustrated. This segment was nominated for a rocky mountain emmy award.
My other love is writing.
After two years at azpm, i joined the tucson weekly, an alternative newspaper, as a public affairs reporter and staff writer. I covered immigration, the u.s.-mexico border, local politics, education and lgbtqiA rights. Dozens of my articles at the Tucson weekly were published as cover stories, and my work was recognized with awards from the arizona newspapers association, the arizona associated press managing editors and the arizona press club.
I've been an independent journalist since 2016, reporting from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, tucson and guatemala on the displacement, migration and resistance of lgbtqia people from central america. Since July 2017, i've collected the narratives of trans and gay asylum seekers from central america, who turned themselves in at the u.s.-mexico border, after weeks journeying north in a caravan known as arcoíris 17. This collaborative project, titled the caravan of resistance, will be published in nacla report on the americas' winter 2018 issue, women rising in the americas.
FIRST PLACE: Community Immigration Reporting, Arizona Press Club, 2016.
THIRD PLACE: Community Human Interest Writing, Arizona Press Club, 2016.
Third Place: Best Feature Story, Arizona NewspaPERS ASSOCIATION, 2016.
FIRST PLACE: News Story in a Non-Daily, Arizona Newspapers Association, 2015.
SECOND PLACE: News Story in a Non-Daily, Arizona Newspapers Association, 2015.
THIRD PLACE: Column in a Non-Daily, Arizona Newspapers Association, 2015.
NOMINATED: Rocky Mountain Emmy, TV segment co-producer, 2015.