"A Reporter's Journey through Mexico's Drug War"
Speaker: Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief, Dallas Morning News and author of "Midnight in Mexico"
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Institute of the Americas, Malamud Conference Room at the Weaver Center
Open to: Public
Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, is a noted expert on immigration, drug violence and foreign policy between the United States and Mexico. He has reported on everything from the disappearance of women in Juarez to the exodus of Mexico’s middle class to the United States.
Over the years Corchado has exposed government corruption and the reach of Mexican drug traffickers into U.S. communities. He has described the perils that journalists face and the disturbing result: an increasingly silent Mexican press. As a result of his reporting on the drug violence, Corchado has received numerous death threats that have forced him to leave Mexico for periods of time.
He is a 1984 graduate of El Paso Community College and a 1987 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso. A 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a 2010 Rockefeller Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Scholar, Corchado won the Maria Moors Cabot award from Columbia Journalism School in 2007 for extraordinary bravery and enterprise. In 2010 he was awarded Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.
Read his complete biography.
Corchado’s keynote address begins the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies’ two-day conference, "Libertad Bajo Palabra: Censorship, Satire, and the Press in Mexico.” Four sessions on Thursday, May 1 bring together academics and journalists from both sides of the border in a quest to expand our understanding of what a free press has meant to Mexico during the 20th and 21st centuries. The conference agenda is now available.
Refreshments will be served following Corchado’s address. Register separately for the daylong conference here.
Please contact Lisa Lee for event information.