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Biography

Hello, welcome to my blog!

I am a journalist, author, editor, on-camera host, and producer based in Mexico City.

Since June 2014, I've been Mexico bureau chief for VICE News. Formerly, I served a year as editor of VICE Mexico's print magazine.

I write for VICE in English and Spanish and also host videos for "Munchies," VICE's food platform. I've reported from Chile, Argentina, across much of Mexico, and across most of Southern California.

Previously, I worked in the Mexico City bureau of the Los Angeles Times (2010 to 2013), where I covered breaking news and wrote news and features for the L.A. Times print edition in news and arts.

Before that, I worked at the Los Angeles Times (2002 to 2006), taking a dream job straight out of college, a staff position on the downtown Metro desk. After four years of covering just about everything under the sun in L.A., I switched over to the LA Weekly (2006 to 2007), where I covered the first days of the 2006 immigrant rights marches.

I am author of a non-fiction book, "Down & Delirious in Mexico City" (Scribner 2011). In December 2011, the Spanish-language translation was published by Editorial Océano in Mexico, as "El bajón y el delirio."

Among my other writing homes are Gatopardo magazine in Mexico, Art in America magazine, and also occasionally on "Latino USA" and "All Things Considered" on NPR.

In 2013, I hosted a one-hour radio special titled "Mexico Uncovered," by Round Earth Media, which aired on dozens of public radio stations across the United States.

I was born in 1980 in San Diego and studied English literature on a Regents' & Chancellor's scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley. There, I served one year as editor-in-chief and president of The Daily Californian, an incredible experience. Among my siblings are a podiatrist, a nurse, a school counselor, and a tattoo and graffiti artist.

Both my parents are from Tijuana and live in San Diego. I am a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States.

Interests

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.