Fellows

Graham Lee Brewer is a reporter for Oklahoma Watch, a nonprofit investigative journalism team that focuses on areas of public interest. Brewer is a native of Oklahoma and a member of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated with his BA in journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and received his MA in journalism in 2011. His reporting has aired on every major NPR member station in Oklahoma, and he has received numerous local and national journalism honors, including a UNITY Young Journalists Global Reporting Fellowship at the United Nations in 2011.

Kate Brumback is a print and video reporter for The Associated Press in Atlanta, where her main area of coverage is immigration. She covered the debate in the legislature over Georgia’s 2011 law targeting illegal immigration and its subsequent implementation and legal challenges. She has worked for the AP for nearly six years — two years in Montgomery, Ala., and the rest of the time in Atlanta. Kate was born in Boston and grew up outside Boston and Chicago. She has a bachelor’s degree in French and comparative literature from Northwestern University, a master’s degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Cindy Carcamo is an award-winning staff writer at The Orange County Register, where she covers immigration and other transnational issues. Some of her most recent pieces include a project about deported U.S. veterans and a three-part series about people affected by a shift in immigration patterns between Mexico and the United States. The assignment required her to travel to Guerrero, Mexico and was funded by a grant from the Rosenberg Foundation and the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of  Journalism. She also contributes to Slake LA magazine where she wrote about the first 48 hours of a deportee’s life after his return to Guatemala on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement flight from the U.S. Carcamo also reported as a correspondent in Argentina and Mexico as an Inter American Press Association scholar.

Kristen Hare worked for her high school newspaper in Springfield, Mo., and studied journalism at the University of Missouri. After graduating from the journalism school in 2000, she spent two years in the Peace Corps in Guyana, South America. Hare spent five years as the Sunday features writer for the St. Joseph News-Press in St. Joseph, Mo. She has been on the staff of the St. Louis Beacon for the last four years and covers issues of race, immigration and the census.

Sandra Hernandez is an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times. Previous, she was a staff writer at the L.A. Daily Journal, covering criminal justice and immigration, and before that, worked at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where she covered Latino affairs as well Latin America and the Caribbean. She has also worked as a freelance correspondent in Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil. She is a graduate of UCLA and Columbia Journalism School.

Jude Joffe-Block is the Las Vegas senior field correspondent for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, a public media collaboration among seven public radio stations in the Southwest. She covers immigration, changing demographics as well as other news from southern Nevada.  Before joining the Fronteras Desk, Joffe-Block contributed stories on immigration and criminal justice to KALW in San Francisco, and created multimedia content in both Spanish and English as an intern with the Associated Press in Mexico. She’s a graduate of Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Maria Emilia Martin directs the GraciasVida Center for Media, a nonprofit organization based in La Antigua, Guatemala and devoted to the practice of independent journalism in the public interest (www.graciasvida.org). For the last eight years, the Center has worked to improve the working situation for rural, provincial and indigenous journalists in Guatemala, Bolivia, and Nicaragua, as well as to improve the coverage of Central America on U.S. public radio. Martin is an award-winning public radio journalist for over two decades who has developed ground-breaking programs and series for public radio, including NPR’s Latino USA, and Despues de las Guerras: Central America after the Wars. She’s the recipient of Fulbright and several Knight Fellowships, including the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, and the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for Democracy. Martin has won over two dozen awards for her work covering Latino issues and Latin America.

David Montero is a reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune, where he has been covering immigration and politics since 2010. He has spent much of his time covering Utah’s attempt to push comprehensive immigration reform through legislation and the push behind The Utah Compact, which has since been modeled by other states seeking a solution to the issue. He has also spent time tracking the issue in Arizona, reporting in depth on Arizona’s SB1070 approach and covered the economic impacts of that legislation as well as the recall of former State Senate President Russell Pearce. Prior to the Tribune, he spent five years at the Rocky Mountain News, where as a general assignment reporter, he covered the Democratic National Convention in Denver, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the work of doctors in India after a tsunami struck Southeast Asia. A Southern California native, he graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in journalism.

Mónica Ortiz Uribe is a correspondent for the public radio network Fronteras: The Changing America Desk and covers New Mexico, west Texas and northern Mexico. Over the last four years, her reporting has focused on the deadly drug violence in her Mexican sister city, Ciudad Juarez. Her stories air regularly on National Public Radio, Public Radio International and Radio Bilingue. Monica got her start in journalism at the Waco Tribune Herald newspaper in Waco, Texas. She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at El Paso and has studied at La Sorbonne in Paris and the School for International Training in southern Mexico. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and spent summers and holidays in her grandparents’ hometown of Camargo in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. She holds dual nationality in the United States and Mexico and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Erica Pearson is a reporter at the New York Daily News, where she covers immigration and immigrant issues. Locally, she works to show how immigration policy affects New Yorkers – but her stories have also included reporting from Haiti in the 2010 earthquake’s aftermath and covering the Ecuadoran funeral for a Brooklyn hate-crime victim. A Wisconsin native, she is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining the News, she worked as an editor and reporter at amNewYork and the public policy website GothamGazette.com.

Jeremy Redmon is covering the Republican presidential race and immigration for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously reported for newspapers in Richmond, Va.; Washington, D.C.; and Northern Virginia. In his nearly 18 years of reporting for newspapers, Redmon has embedded with U.S. soldiers and Marines during three tours in Iraq and covered state legislatures and gubernatorial elections in Virginia, Maryland and Georgia. He has also reported on devastating fires, floods and a hurricane while on assignments in the Southeast. Redmon graduated from George Mason University with undergraduate and graduate degrees in English.

Edward Sifuentes is a reporter with the North County Times in San Diego County. He covers immigration, tribal governments, politics and public safety. He previously worked at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., covering city politics, and at the Sanger Herald in Fresno, Calif., as a reporter and interim editor. He graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in Latin American Studies.

Jessica Weisberg is a Chicago-based freelancer currently collaborating with the Guardian (U.K.) newspaper on a multimedia series about the Dream Act. Her first job in journalism was as an environmental reporter at Periodico Intag, a small newspaper in northern Ecuador. Since then, she has worked as a fact checker at the New Yorker and as a multimedia education reporter for the Chicago News Cooperative.  Her writing on immigration has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation and The American Prospect, among other publications. She studied at Brown University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

María Inés Zamudio is an investigative journalist with the Chicago Reporter magazine, where she covers immigration, labor and health. Before joining the Reporter, Zamudio spent three years in California working for daily newspapers, including The Salinas Californian where she covered crime, education and immigration.  She is a bilingual reporter and blogger with experience producing videos. In 2007, she traveled to China to produce an in-depth radio story about the impact of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student movement had in current Chinese politics for an NPR affiliate station. She has won fellowships from the Knight Digital Media Center and the Education Writers Association. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in journalism.

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