Lydia Chávez started as a reporter for The Albuquerque Tribune, later moving on to Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, where she served as El Salvador and South American bureau chief. In 2005, Chávez and her students collaborated to publish “Capitalism, God and A Good Cigar: Cuba Enters the Twenty-First Century” (Duke University Press). And in 1998, Chávez published, “The Color Bind: California’s Battle Against Affirmative Action,” which won the Leonard Silk Award (UC Press). She has also written op-ed pieces for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Examiner and magazine pieces for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazines and George Magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
- Chavez's J200 Final Project--A Look at the Millions Spent on Tutoring (East Bay Express - Feb. 13, 2008)
- Daniel Ortega's New Best Friend (Salon - Feb. 8, 2007)
- Out Of The Shadows (Salon.com - May 2, 2006)
- Si Se Puede! Illegal Immigrants Speak Up (New America Media - March 28, 2006)
- Rebuilding the Nation of Immigrants (Los Angeles Times - Dec. 21, 2005)
- The Quiet Assimilation of the Undocumented (Los Angeles Times - Dec. 20, 2005)
- Caught in the Overlap of Two Societies (Los Angeles Times - Dec. 19, 2005)
- Capitalism, God, and a Good Cigar (Duke University Press - June 14, 2005)
- What are Bay Area Republicans Thinking? (Oakland Tribune - Sept. 19, 2004)
- Muslim World (San Francisco Chronicle - April 20, 2003)
- Back to Chile (Oxygen - April 18, 2002)
- Offensive Song Lyrics (George Magazine - Dec. 31, 1999)
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