Hello, welcome to my personal blog Intersections.
I am an independent journalist, editor, essayist, author, producer, and correspondent based in Los Angeles. I spent nearly a decade living and working in Mexico City before relocating back to the U.S. in 2016. I write, edit, speak, think, and breathe in both English and Spanish.
Most recently I served as a Producer and Correspondent for VICE News Tonight on HBO (2015-2016). Previously, I was Mexico Bureau Chief and Correspondent for VICE News (2014-2015), covering Mexico and Latin America on a daily print and video cycle, and managing a corps of freelance correspondents across half a dozen countries. Before that, I served a year as Editor of VICE Mexico, overseeing its monthly print magazine and the VICE.com site for Mexico, which at the time covered all of Latin America (2013-2014).
I've reported from all over Latin America and in much of Mexico on assignment for VICE. I've covered the case of the missing 43 students in Mexico, major opposition protests in Argentina, a series of bombings in Chile, a coca-producing cult in the Peruvian Amazon, and a special forces Olympics competition in Colombia. I hosted a documentary on the rise of "Mexican black tar" heroin, and ate psychedelic mushrooms on-camera in the mountains of Oaxaca, part of my work for Munchies, VICE's food platform.
I am author of a non-fiction book, "Down & Delirious in Mexico City," published by Scribner in 2011. The Spanish-language translation was published the same year by Editorial Océano, as "El bajón y el delirio."
Previously, I worked as a reporter in the Mexico City bureau of the Los Angeles Times (2010-2013), where I covered breaking news and wrote news and features for the L.A. Times print edition in news and arts. There, I covered the 2012 presidential election and the "end of the Mayan calendar" in Mexico.
I started my professional career in Los Angeles, as a metro reporter at the Los Angeles Times (2002-2006). After four years of covering just about everything under the sun in L.A., and landing frequently on A-1, I switched over to the LA Weekly (2006-2007), where I covered the first days of the 2006 immigrant rights marches, the battle over bacon-wrapped hot dogs on the streets of L.A., and the 2006 presidential election in Mexico.
Some of my other writing homes have been Gatopardo magazine in Mexico, Art in America, and also occasionally "Latino USA" and "All Things Considered" on NPR. I've written for Swallow Magazine, NYT's T Magazine, Flaunt, California Monthly, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times Opinion, and others.
I also host for Round Earth Media, a non-profit journalism project that produces radio specials for airing on hundreds of public radio stations across the United States.
I studied English on a Regents' & Chancellor's scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley. There, I served one year as editor-in-chief and president of independent student newspaper The Daily Californian (2000-2001), an incredible experience. I was also active at the Raza Recruitment & Retention Center, a group that is dear to my heart.
Ever since, I've given talks at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, the L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC, Loyola Marymount University, UC Riverside, Zócalo Public Square, DePaul University, Brown University, Columbia University, UNAM, and elsewhere.
I'm interested in the fusion and mixing of all cultures, nations, and borders. As a storyteller my building blocks were shaped while growing up bilingual and bicultural on the U.S.-Mexico border, in multiethnic barrios. I'm excited by all forms of cultural production, by the intersections that exist between art, society, the sublime, and the streets.
Both my parents are from Tijuana and live in San Diego. Among my siblings are a podiatrist, a nurse, a school counselor, and a tattoo and graffiti artist.
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