Lydia Chavez



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, a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a Graduate Diploma in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is the founder and executive editor of Mission Local, a news site covering the Mission District that began at Berkeley in the fall of 2008 and became independent in the summer of 2014. She is on sabbatical this year studying art history.

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