I’m the Fronteras reporter at KPBS in San Diego, where I cover the U.S-Mexico border for radio, TV and web. Prior to this, I lived in Mexico for four years, first as a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires in Mexico City, then as a freelance journalist in the Cancun region while completing a low-residency MFA in creative nonfiction and investigating my family history. My work has also appeared in the Economist, NPR, PBS, the Seattle Times, the Las Vegas Sun, Makeshift Magazine and more. I am a member of Beacon, a subscription-based freelance journalism platform.
I have completed a memoir titled Crux, which won the 2016 PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers prize. It tells the story of my cross-border quest to understand my Mexican father, whom I grew up believing was schizophrenic. In a true saga that begins a century ago with a restless curandera, a clairvoyant healer, the book explores crossings: border crossings, crossings into madness, crossings into trance states, crossings of ethnicities, crossings into life and crossings into death. It is about both the healing and destructive power of storytelling.
I have a passion for hunter/jumper horseback riding, motorcycles (I had a Yamaha FZ16 in Mexico City), mirror neurons, camping, Russian literature, yoga, traveling, hiking and Chai tea lattés. My top three favorite books: Steinbeck’s East of Eden, Melville’s Moby Dick, Allende’s Paula.