“As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun doing news reporting than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.” —H. L. Mencken
I’m a narrative storyteller who loves digging deep into people’s lives. I’ve covered education, immigration, urban affairs and criminal justice at the Houston Chronicle, Associated Press, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer and Orange County Register.
I’ve written about riots in Miami, hurricanes in Houston and the chaos of political conventions in Philadelphia and Boston.
I’ve been immersed in the lives of Cambodian teens navigating two cultures in South Philly, a Mexican-American family coping with English-only education in Massachusetts, a group of inner-city kids competing at a national mock trial competition and Sudanese Lost Boys remaking themselves in a new country.
And I have loved every frenetic minute of it.
I was born in Ecuador, raised in New Jersey and blessed with a love of language and words and people – the perfect combination for both my vocations.
My work has won numerous awards, including honors from the Association for Women in Communications, the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, Associated Press California-Nevada Newswriting Contest and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2008, I was named AP’s Texas Writer of the Year. One of my stories is included in “The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012” anthology, which was released in July 2014.
I’m based in Houston and belong to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, Education Writers Association, Investigative Reporters, Online News Association, and Editors and Journalism Education Association. Over the years, I’ve mentored and worked with dozens of young journalists at summer journalism boot camps run by NAHJ, NABJ and UNITY, and watched many of those students go on to remarkable careers in the business.
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