We Were Made For This_Campus Shootings

In Fall 2015, I returned to UT-Austin, my alma mater, as a visiting lecturer in the Radio-Television-Film department. I designed the audio documentary course to explore the overt and subtle role of the ‘I’ in media storytelling. In an era of the selfie, crafted visual images on Instagram and the Serial podcast, the Self is peddled […]

Police Brutality and Latinos | Cosmo For Latinas

In looking back at 2015 I can’t help but think of three important tenets of journalism: bearing witness, telling the story and holding institutions and public officials accountable. Last year, Cosmo for Latinas commissioned me to write a piece about police brutality and Latinos. We were, after all, living in the time of #BlackLivesMatters in the wake […]

Greater State column| Hunting Humans

‘Hunting Humans’ Brings the Fringe to the Center  The far ends of our colorful political spectrum rarely cause me much worry. I trust the armed militias reportedly roaming the U.S.-Mexico border and the convoy of flag-waving protesters from Murrieta, California that traveled to the Rio Grande Valley will keep their rightful place on the fringe […]

What Americans Did To Yoga/The Atlantic’s Quartz

A journey into Yoga Culture. True, it’s not the typical fare offered on my site but, as you will see, it takes on some of my favored issues: race, identity, symbols, and the construction of culture. The piece, published by The Atlantic’s Quartz under the title, American’s Ruined Yoga for the Rest of the World has stewed in […]

A Sidewalk Portal in Mexico City

Earlier in the year I visited the Mercado Jamaica in Mexico City, an all hours, year round flower market where I met a graffiti crew working on an enormous mural. But this mural not only captures centuries of history surrounding the mercado, its very construction fits within a cultural and political legacy with origins in the Conquest. Published in […]

Border Security Winners

The Business of Border Security. I take a look at who stands to gain from tightening the border. Excerpt Another potential winner are organized crime groups such as the Los Zetas. From Mexicali to Brownsville, Texas smuggling costs have increased exponentially as border security has tightened becoming a revenue source for violent groups. “Organized crime […]

In the name of National Security_a special 9/11 report

published in El Diario/La Prensa September 7 2011 as part of a special 9/11 series The 2001 attacks carved a deep gash into Lower Manhattan, and scarred the minds of New Yorkers with memories of the collapsing Twin Towers that left 2,753 people dead. Ten years later, the nation can count two wars and a […]

Report: Voices from inside_10 years later_Our choices

On September 11 2001 a reporter in her late 20s prepared to take her first step away from journalism toward a career in the law. What we have come refer to as 9/11 made taking that step impossible. It was immediately clear that I would abandon well-laid plan to return to Texas and a waiting […]