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Photography, Empowerment, Peru

WASHINGTON, DC, 1 March 2017 – I delivered a few remarks at the inauguration of the photo exhibit, “Self Portrait of a Nation,” (Ojos Propios) at the Peruvian embassy in the nation’s capital. Standing to my left is Peruvian Ambassador to the United States, Carlos Pareja. The exhibit focuses on images made by “citizen photojournalists” […]

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Freelancers: Dos Amigos

MEXICO CITY, 9 March 2017 — Keith Dannemiller (R) is a photojournalist and long-time friend from my days of covering Central America in the 1980s. At the time, and like many freelance journalists, he was based here and covered the region from this vantage point. Mexico City still is an excellent base of operation for […]

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“Freelancers: The Open Road” and Where It Began

WASHINGTON, DC, 24 October 2017 — I’m working on the rough cut of my documentary, “Freelancers: The Open Road,” and can’t help but think of where it all began. It was 40 years ago that I finished course work in graduate school and went to Mexico for an internship at the Mexico City News, and […]

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Spanish-Language Course at AU School of Communication

WASHINGTON, DC, 20 October 2017 — I’m offering my “Backpack Documentary en Español” course — the first-ever, all-Spanish class offered by American University’s School of Communication — in Spring 2018. Registration for Spring semester begins next week. This is the second time I’m offering this course, which I’ve designed to help students engage and embrace […]

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Backpack Journalism, Religion and Climate Change

LIMA, Peru, 16 June 2017 — This morning’s view from my hotel window in the Peruvian capital where I arrived last night. I’m on assignment for American University’s (AU) Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS). I’ll be heading for Huancayo tomorrow, and then to the glacier at Huaytapallana to make a short film […]

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Interviewing NYTimes Freelance Foreign Correspondent in Mexico

WASHINGTON, DC, 7 May 2017 — During a March trip to Nogales, Mexico, I interviewed Ioan Grillo (R), a freelance foreign correspondent based in Mexico City who works with The New York Times and Time magazine. American University Graduate Teaching Assistant Matt Cipollone and I accompanied Grillo during much of his reporting trip for this […]

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