Anna Cearley-Rivas worked 14 years with The San Diego Union-Tribune, and spent half her career there based out of Tijuana, Mexico, covering all aspects of border life. She received an award for best Latin American Reporting in 2006 from the the National Hispanic Journalists Association for a series of stories about the effects of the drug trade on Mexican communities. (Read one of the articles here.)
In addition to traveling extensively through Mexico, she also reported from Nicaragua and El Salvador through a one-year journalism grant sponsored by the Inter American Press Association. She has since started a master’s program at the University of Southern California, and is studying the management and creation of online communities while also working full-time at the university.
This blog is intended to add another dimension to what’s being written about the border. Coming from a former journalist, the blog will highlight media stories about the border while also injecting the perspective of someone who interviewed hundreds of people who make up this city: Tijuana’s shoe shiners, mayors and “narcocorrido” musicians, to name a few. She considers Tijuana and Baja California to be her second home and continues to visit the region regularly.
She can be reached at cearlrivas(at)yahoo.com. For additional professional background, go to this Linkedin page.
**Note: Opinions and commentary in this blog in no way reflect the views or policies of USC or any other institution. Even though I am no longer working as a newspaper reporter I will also continue to respect the privacy and confidence of people who shared certain sensitive information with me during the time I was with the Union-Tribune. Finally, any necessary disclosures will be noted in postings such as this one. **
Across the Border by Anna Cearley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. The author requests that others exercise courtesy in providing proper attribution and links to content originating on this blog. Unless otherwise indicated, photos were taken by the author.