Hello, welcome to my personal blog Intersections.
I am a journalist, author, editor, and host based in Mexico City.
Currently I am a Producer and Correspondent for VICE News. Previously, I served as Mexico bureau chief for VICE News (June 2014-September 2015), covering breaking stories for Mexico and Latin America. Before that, I served a year as editor of VICE Mexico, overseeing its monthly print magazine and the VICE.com site that covers much of Latin America (2013-2014). I also wrote a food column in Spanish called "Mal del Puerco."
I write for VICE in English and Spanish and also host videos and write for Munchies, VICE's food platform. I've reported from Chile, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, and in much of Mexico on assignment for VICE.
Previously, I worked 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.
Before moving to Mexico City, I lived and worked in Los Angeles, where I started my professional career 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., 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.
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 or been on panels at 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. I am a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States.
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