MLTalks: Alfredo Corchado

April 7, 2015


MIT Media Lab, E14 Third Floor


Alfredo Corchado was born in Durango, Mexico and, grew up as a migrant worker in California and later moved to Texas. He is a 1984 graduate of El Paso Community College, a 1987 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, and a 2008-2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Corchado has worked for the Dallas Morning News since 1994. As Mexico Bureau Chief, he covers US policy in Latin America, specializing in Mexico. Corchado has also worked for The Dallas Morning News in Washington and has covered Cuba. Before joining The News, Corchado worked in public radio on the border, the Ogden Standard-Examiner in Utah, El Paso Herald-Post, and The Wall Street Journal in Dallas and Philadelphia.

His reporting has earned him several awards, including the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot prize presented by Columbia University, and the Elijah Parrish Lovejoy prize presented by Colby College. He was a finalist for the Center For Public Integrity award in Washington for his reporting on Ciudad Juarez and the rise of a Mexican paramilitary group known as the Zetas. Corchado is a leading reporter on immigration and national security issues, particularly the drug-related violence that threatens Mexico’s national security and border communities. He served as a 2010 scholar at The Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, and as a 2011 visiting fellow at the David Rockefeller Center at Harvard. He is based in Mexico City. He is the author of a nonfiction book, Midnight in Mexico

More Events