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Allow me to introduce myself: I am a life-long reporter and writer. I live to tell stories, to write, to share my passions with readers, listeners, and viewers. I love to speak to students and young people about journalism and current affairs.
I am perhaps best known for my work with VICE. Between 2013 and 2017, I held a bunch of jobs there — editor of VICE México, host for Munchies, Mexico bureau chief and Latin American correspondent for VICE News, and producer and correspondent for VICE News Tonight on HBO in the L.A. office.
I am author of a non-fiction book about youth subcultures in Mexico City, titled Down & Delirious in Mexico City, and published by Scribner in 2011. It is available in translation as El bajón y el delirio, by Oceano.
I've reported from all over Latin America and in much of Mexico on assignment. Our crews covered a high-stakes political assassination in Argentina, a series of bombings in Chile, a coca-producing cult in the Amazon of Peru, and a special-forces military Olympics competition in Colombia. We dove into the poppy fields of Mexican black tar heroin, and an investigation into the case of the missing 43 students from Ayotzinapa.
I spent nearly a decade living and working in Mexico City before relocating back to the U.S. in 2016. Since I've been back, I've done documentaries on the urban oil fields of Los Angeles, gun violence in Chicago, and the futility of the current border fence in South Texas.
Most recently I worked developing a news platform for a premium digital media start-up called Raze.
I started my professional career in Los Angeles, first as a metro reporter at the Los Angeles Times, then at LA Weekly. Some of my other writing homes have been Gatopardo magazine in Mexico, Art in America, Swallow Magazine, T Magazine, Flaunt, California Monthly, The Guardian, Highline, and many others.
On radio, I've hosted specials for Round Earth Media: Mexico Uncovered and Immigration Uncovered, which were heard by millions of listeners on NPR stations. A few times I've also shown up on Latino USA and All Things Considered.
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 The Daily Californian, an incredible experience. I was proud to volunteer at the Raza Recruitment & Retention Center, to encourage more brown first-generation college students to give Cal a shot.
Ever since, I've been honored to speak at my alma mater and at colleges and universities across the country, as well as venues such as the L.A. Times Festival of Books, Zócalo Public Square, and the Feria del Libro de la Ciudad de México.
Both my parents are from Tijuana and live in San Diego. Among my siblings are a podiatrist surgeon, a registered nurse, a high school counselor, and a tattoo and graffiti artist.
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.
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