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I am currently a staff writer in Seattle for the online news organization Crosscut.
I was previously a producer with the national PBS show "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" and a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. My work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Salon.com, Slate Magazine, Mother Jones, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. My radio work has aired on Marketplace, Southern California Public Radio's KPCC, and Arizona Public Media's KUAZ. My video work has aired on PBS.
I have won numerous journalism awards, both local and national. I was part of the team at the St. Louis-Post Dispatch to win a Scripps Howard Award and a Presidential Award of Achievement from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. I also won a Wilbur Award and a Religion News Association award for excellence in religion reporting.
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in religious studies and history, then gained a master’s degree in religious studies from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.
I was born in Mexico, grew up in the border town of Nogales, and am fluent in Spanish.