The Changing Face of America

Inside the Latino Vote and Immigration Reform

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Monica Campbell is the immigration reporter and editor at Public Radio International’s The World. She also contributes to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Prior to joining PRI, she reported internationally, with stories ranging from Mexico’s migrant shelters to the Pope’s Cuba visit and press freedom in Venezuela. From 2003 to 2009, she lived in Mexico City and covered immigration, politics, and crime for The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the San Francisco Chronicle, Columbia Journalism Review, Marie Claire and Newsweek. Monica, a 2009-10 Harvard Nieman Fellow, has also reported from Afghanistan.

Arian Campo-Flores is a reporter in Miami and part of the Atlanta bureau of The Wall Street Journal. He joined the paper in 2011 and covers Florida, the Southeast and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the Journal, Arian spent 11 years at Newsweek magazine, most recently as Miami bureau chief, covering the Southeast. Arian has won awards for articles on the challenges confronting emergency rooms and for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Luis Clemens edits NPR’s coverage of race and ethnicity. Before joining NPR in 2008, he was a frequent guest on NPR’s programs, often interviewed about Latino voters. Clemens began his career in journalism at the local Telemundo and NBC television stations in Miami. In 1993, he began working at CNN as an assignment editor. Three years later he was promoted to Buenos Aires bureau chief. Following CNN, he went on to be a spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme in Zimbabwe. Before re-starting a career in journalism, Clemens owned and operated two laundromats in Xalapa, Mexico.

Emma Cott is a video journalist for The New York Times, where she shoots, produces and edits national and local video stories. Before joining the Times in July, 2012, Emma worked on documentaries for a number of outlets, including FRONTLINE PBS, Independent Lens, The PBS NewsHour and NBC News. She spent almost a year in Oakland’s county hospital, as field producer for The Waiting Room (2012), the Oscar short-listed documentary about health care in America. Emma graduated from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2009.

Steven Cuevas joined KQED Public Radio in 2012 as its Los Angeles bureau chief. Steven covers a vast region from downtown LA to the suburbs of the Inland Empire and beyond. As the first Inland Southern California reporter for NPR affiliate KPCC, Steven covered a range of issues from the labor and economic ramifications of the region’s booming warehouse industry to San Bernardino’s municipal bankruptcy. Steven’s awards include an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting and being named radio journalist of the year by the LA Press Club.

Martin Espinoza has been a general assignment reporter for The Santa Rosa Press Democrat since 2004, covering immigration, the U.S. Census Bureau and health care. In 2008, he was a visiting fellow at The New York Times, reporting for the paper’s Metro Section. Before coming to The Press Democrat, Martin worked as a general assignment reporter for The Jersey Journal in Jersey City, NJ, where he also covered the Census Bureau and immigration. He joined The Jersey about a month after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks and was part of the paper’s ongoing 9/11 coverage. Martin has also worked for The San Francisco Bay Guardian and El Financiero in Mexico City. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento.

Andrew Galvin is a staff writer with the Orange County Register. He is a veteran of daily newspaper and wire service journalism who is looking to make the leap into long-form narrative pieces. He feels that writing is his greatest strength and wants to work in a medium that values great writing. Living in Southern California for the past dozen years, he has become very interested in the border region and the lives of the people who move back and forth across it. It is there that he plans to focus his future reporting and writing.

Peter Hecht is currently a Senior Writer at the Sacramento Bee, recently assigned to coverage of immigration reform. He previously covered immigration issues in California as a political writer, Los Angeles bureau chief and roving state correspondent. Peter is fluent in Spanish, has reported from numerous countries in Latin America and served as a media trainer in Peru under a fellowship for the International Center for Journalists.

Mirela Iverac is a reporter for the NPR member station in New York City, WNYC, where she covers immigration. She joined the station in March 2011. In February 2013, Mirela was recognized as an Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. Previously, in November 2011, Mirela received the Best New Journalist in the New York metropolitan area award. Her work has also been honored with awards for crime and feature reporting for radio from the New York Press Club and the Garden State Journalist Association, and for multimedia reporting from the Newswomen’s Club of New York. Prior to joining WNYC, Mirela spent a year at the New York Times’ metro desk as a freelance contributor. She also reported for Time Magazine, the New York Daily News and Forbes, among other publications. Mirela holds master’s degrees in journalism from Columbia University and in international affairs from the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Emma Jacobs is a reporter for WHYY Public Broadcasting in Philadelphia, focusing on government, the economy and what makes cities tick. Prior to joining WHYY in 2011, she worked for a collaborative reporting project covering the struggling economies of upstate New York. Previously, she helped shape Wired.com’s Haiti Rewired project, a 2010 Knight Batten Innovations in Journalism Awards “notable initiative” following aid delivery and reconstruction in Haiti and convening an online community of Haitians, expatriates, a concerned public and development professionals. Emma contributes regularly to national outlets including NPR, Marketplace and PRI’s The World.

Jeff Mason has covered the White House for Reuters since 2009. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Jeff joined Reuters in October 2000 in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered business. After that he covered the European Union from Brussels. Jeff moved to Washington in 2008 to cover the historic campaign between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. At the White House Jeff specializes in politics, energy, and immigration policy. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and other outlets. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar.

Antonia Mejia is a multi-media journalist for the Univision affiliate station Entravision Communications in Las Vegas. She is an Arizona native with several years experience covering topics relevant to the Latino community. Her journalism career began working at Spanish media stations through internships while attending Arizona State University.  Antonia recently covered the President’s immigration speech last January. She’s also interviewed political figures, such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez during the 2012 Presidential Elections.

Katelyn Polantz is a national politics and Supreme Court reporter/producer at the PBS NewsHour. She has produced broadcast interviews with two Supreme Court justices and segments from the national political conventions and from Iowa and Virginia during the presidential campaign. She also covered the influence of Hispanic voters in the U.S. Senate race in Arizona. Much of her work for NewsHour’s website attempts to engage citizens with politics and policy, such as by crowd-sourcing oral histories of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Previously, she reported on local government for the Roanoke (Va.) Times. On Twitter, she’s @kpolantz.

Victor Manuel Ramos is a bilingual writer with nearly two decades in daily journalism. He writes about diversity issues and immigrant communities for Newsday on Long Island, NY, where he returned in 2010 after a first stint where he had followed a variety of beats. He wrote on Hispanic issues, immigration policy and minority affairs for the Orlando Sentinel in Florida, establishing a journalistic blog on Hispanic news. Ramos reported for the bilingual edition of The N.Y. Daily News and for Spanish-language daily El Diario/La Prensa in New York City. He’s covered communities, crime, education and government throughout his career.

Jeremy Redmon has reported for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2005, covering immigration, politics and military affairs. He previously reported for newspapers in Richmond, Va.; Washington, D.C.; and Northern Virginia. In his nearly two decades of reporting for newspapers, Redmon has embedded with U.S. soldiers and Marines during three tours in Iraq and has covered state legislatures and gubernatorial elections in Virginia, Maryland and Georgia. Redmon reported on the 2012 presidential race across five states. Redmon graduated from George Mason University in 1994 and 1997 with undergraduate and graduate degrees in English. In 2012, Redmon completed fellowships at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and at the Journalist Law School at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He teaches feature writing and investigative reporting at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Redmon previously taught journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communications.

Jill Replogle is currently a multimedia reporter covering the border, immigration and changing demographics for KPBS News in San Diego and for the public radio collaboration Fronteras: The Changing America Desk. She has been a journalist for more than a decade, reporting from Central America, Mexico, and California. Jill’s work has aired on PRI’s The World, NPR and Current TV. She has also published in The Miami Herald, Time, Christian Science Monitor and San Francisco Chronicle. Jill has a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

Denice Rios is Western Editor for NPR. She reported for more than a decade at various newspapers in California before becoming an editor. She made the switch to radio nearly five years ago and has found it to be great fun learning a new medium. The tools are different, but the importance of telling good stories remains the same. Music, reading and the outdoors feed her soul — and any movie by Mel Brooks or the Coen brothers. Denice is a California native who has occasionally journeyed east — to San Antonio and most recently Washington, D.C. She loves meeting new people, but it’s good to be back in her home state.

Benjy Sarlin is a reporter for Talking Points Memo and co-wrote its campaign blog, TPM2012, before moving on to cover immigration. He previously reported for The Daily Beast/Newsweek as their Washington Correspondent and covered local politics for the New York Sun.

Challen Stephens has been in newspapers for 18 years and currently works as enterprise reporter and projects editor for The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and The Press-Register of Mobile. He spent 2012 as city editor for print for The Huntsville Times, before the three papers folded into a single news operation. For the previous two years, Challen coordinated legal coverage for all three papers involving Alabama’s sweeping immigration law. He began his career covering education in Alabama, won several national awards and was a Knight Wallace education fellow at the University of Michigan from 2006 through 2007. Challen returned to Huntsville, where he began to tackle all manner of topics, including immigration, and later became projects editor for Huntsville.

Franz Strasser is a reporter and videojournalist for the BBC. He was one of the first people in Germany to produce a podcast in 2005, something he turned into a job a year later when he started hosting a twice-weekly sports podcast for a big media conglomerate. At Columbia University’s Journalism School Franz graduated as valedictorian and received a Pulitzer Travel Fellowship which he used to report on the changes in East Germany 20 years after reunification. The BBC was his first job out of college. There Franz quickly created a niche for himself as travelling one-man-band, something he does to this day.

Perla Trevizo is the border reporter for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. She started her career in her hometown of El Paso, Texas, covering immigration and politics before transitioning to the Chattanooga Times Free Press as the diversity reporter. Her latest stories have taken her to Burundi to report on refugees who fled in 1972 and to Central America for an in-depth series of Guatemalan migration to Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s in government and from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, with a master’s in news agency journalism.

Linda Valdez has been a member of The Arizona Republic editorial board since 1993. She writes editorials, columns, longer commentary pieces and a blog. Linda has won numerous awards for her work on juvenile justice, domestic violence, child welfare, endangered species, the environment, the border and immigration. She was lead writer for the Republic’s opposition to SB 1070, the nation’s toughest anti-immigrant law when it was passed in 2010. Last year, her editorial series Our Deadly Border looked at the human costs of current border policies. She is married to a Mexican immigrant, and has traveled in Mexico personally and professionally.

Maria Zamudio is an investigative journalist with the Chicago Reporter magazine, where she covers immigration, labor and health. Before joining the Reporter, Zamudio spent three years in California working for daily newspapers. She is a computer-assisted and bilingual reporter with experience producing videos. In 2007, she traveled to China to produce an in-depth radio story about the impact of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student movement had in current Chinese politics for an NPR affiliate station. She has won fellowships from the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Knight Digital Media Center, Education Writers Association and the Institute for Justice and Journalism. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in journalism.

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