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Foreign Correspondence and Backpack Journalism

MEXICO CITY, 8 March 2017 — Gerardo Carrillo (L) is the founder of the Associated Press (AP) video unit in Mexico City. When I knew him while covering the conflicts raging through Central America in the 1980s, he was a freelance television cameraman. I caught up with Carrillo at a march protesting violence against women […]

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Fire on the Mountain

HUAYTAPALLANA, Peru, 21 June 2017 – Peruvians gather on a ridge overlooking the glacier and lake below to celebrate the Andean New Year. In recent years the glacier has lost much of its mass, which scientists believe is the result of global climate change. The depletion of the ice means the depletion of an important […]

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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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Cubans Ponder Future With No Fidel

HAVANA, Cuba, 2 January 2017 – Three Cuban women walk arm-in-arm toward the Plaza de la Revolucion to witness a parade honoring this nation’s Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias (FAR), or Revolutionary Armed Forces. They will arrive at the Plaza de la Revolucion where the Monumento a José Martí, Cuba’s national hero, towers over the parade ground. […]

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AU and “Backpack en Español”

WASHINGTON, DC, 15 November 2016 — American University is featuring an article about my “Backpack Documentary en Español” class, the first-ever Spanish-language class to be taught in the School of Communication. To read the article (in English), click HERE. And below is a bit of information from my syllabus: El primer curso impartido en español […]

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