Alfredo Corchado to Speak at UTEP About Life as a Journalist in Mexico

The College of Liberal Arts and The Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies at The University of Texas at El Paso will host a Centennial Lecture titled “Midnight in Mexico – A Reporter’s Journey through a Country’s Descent into Darkness,” by Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News and UTEP alumnus, at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The free public lecture will take place in the Undergraduate Learning Center, room 126, on Wiggins Road.

Corchado is a noted expert on immigration, drug violence and foreign policy between the United States and Mexico. He has reported on everything from the disappearance of women in Juárez to the exodus of Mexico’s middle class to the United States. Corchado has exposed government corruption and the reach of Mexican drug traffickers into U.S. communities. He has described the perils that journalists face and the disturbing result: an increasingly silent Mexican press.

Born in Durango, Mexico, Corchado grew up in California and Texas, working alongside his parents, who were members of the United Farm Workers, the union led by Cesar Chavez. His father was a bracero, part of a generation of Mexican workers who helped transform the United States and Mexico.

As a reporter for U.S. newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, he has written about the plight of immigrants and their perilous journey to the United States. As a result of his reporting on the drug violence, he has received numerous death threats that have forced him to leave Mexico for periods of time.

Corchado is a 1984 graduate of El Paso Community College and a 1987 graduate of UTEP. He has reported from Mexico, the United States and Cuba. He has lived on both sides of the border, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Cambridge. He currently resides in Mexico City, but calls the border home.

A 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a 2010 Rockefeller Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Scholar, Corchado won the Maria Moors Cabot award from Columbia Journalism School in 2007 for extraordinary bravery and enterprise. In 2010 he was awarded Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.

In 2014, The University of Texas at El Paso will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1914 as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy. The Centennial Lecture Series invites noteworthy speakers to the UTEP campus to share their perspectives on a broad range of contemporary issues that are likely to impact our society, culture, and lives in the years ahead.