KPBS Fronteras Reporter (Feb. 2015 – Present) 

  • Immigration stories have repeatedly aired on NPR, PBS NewsHour, The World
  • Recently promoted to the Investigations Desk
  • Produces breaking news and investigative reporting pieces for TV, radio and web (reporting, writing, filming, editing, etc.)
  • On-camera reporting, including live shots and two-ways

Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires: Mexico City bureau Correspondent (Oct. 2010 – March 2013)                                                               

  • Covered soft commodities such as coffee, sugar, cocoa in Mexico, Central America and the Andean region
  • Wrote daily stories about production, price and exports for the newswire
  • Wrote dozens of features, including investigative articles, for the Wall Street Journal, from Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and various parts of Mexico
  • Created short documentaries for (filming, scripting, narration)
  • Filmed the bureau’s first interview with Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto

Wall Street Journal: Los Angeles bureau Reporting Intern (June 2010 – Aug. 2010): Wrote more than 20 general articles for U.S. News section and one feature for Page One. Produced short documentaries to accompany  stories

The Seattle Times: Reporting Intern (June 2009 – Aug. 2009): Wrote more than 20 general news stories, including a leader for Page One and several Local cover stories                                                                                                                                              

The Yakima Herald-Republic: Reporting Intern (June 2008 – Aug. 2008): Wrote more than 40 general news stories, including about a dozen Page One leaders

The Daily Trojan: Staff Writer and Columnist (Aug. 2006 – May 2010): Wrote weekly general news articles and led a Science News column for one semester in 2009


PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Award 2016: For a memoir, Crux, exploring the theme of crossings and my family history of immigration, to be published by Random House’s One World in Spring 2018. 

San Diego Press Club Awards: Numerous first-place awards for KPBS radio, TV and web investigations between 2015 and 2017 

National Association of Hispanic Journalists: Vice President for the San Diego and Tijuana chapter in 2017

Society of Professional Journalists Awards: Sol Price Prize for Responsible Journalism in 2017


  • Goucher College · MFA in Creative Nonfiction
  • University of Southern California · BA in Journalism, minor in Neuroscience                        


  • Bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Proficient in Final Cut Pro
  • Video journalism and photojournalism