Mexico Bureau Chief, Dallas Morning News
Corchado has worked for the Dallas Morning News since 1994. As Mexico City Bureau Chief, Alfredo covers U.S. policy in Latin America, with a special focus on Mexico and binational issues like migration and drug trafficking. Corchado has also written extensively about Cuba, having traveled the island on numerous occasions leading up to the opening of The Morning News’ fulltime Havana bureau – one of the first bureaus for an American print media outlet. From 2000 to 2003, Corchado was based in The Morning News’ Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covered binational issues, or what editors called “the Mexico within and the Mexico abroad.” Before joining The Morning News, Corchado worked for the El Paso Herald-Post and The Wall Street Journal. For the past four years he’s spent much of his time investigating the murders of scores of women in Ciudad Juarez and the violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.He is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso. Corchado is a 2007 Maria Moors Cabot Medalist. He is currently a 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
José de Córdoba
Senior Special Writer, The Wall Street Journal
A graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, de Córdoba has covered Latin America for The Wall Street Journal since 1986. He has been based in Mexico for the last nine years. Before that, de Córdoba was based in Miami. During his career, he has written about drug trafficking in Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Washington Heights. He has won a number of awards for his work, including the Maria Moors Cabot Medal.
Dr. Denise Dresser
Political analyst, columnist and professor, ITAM,
Dr. Dresser is a professor of political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where she has taught comparative politics, political economy and Mexican politics since 1991. Dr. Dresser is the author of numerous publications on Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexico relations. She has published articles in the Journal of Democracy, Current History, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics and Foreign Policy. She writes a political column for the Mexican newspaper Reforma and the news weekly Proceso and was the host of the Mexican political talk shows “Entreversiones” and “El País de Uno.” She is a frequent commentator on Mexican politics in the U.S. and Canadian media. Her most recent publication, in collaboration with novelist Jorge Volpi, is a book of political satire “México: lo que todo ciudandano quisiera (no) saber de su patria” (Santillana 2006).
Director of the Cabot Prizes
Friedman holds a B.S. from Rutgers, completed postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago and earned an M.S. from Columbia. He served as a Volunteer in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, later becoming a Peace Corps training instructor at Texas Tech University. He has worked as assistant editor for Community News Service (N.Y.), statehouse bureau chief for the New York Post, reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer; editor-in-chief for the Soho Weekly News; and reporter, U.N. bureau chief, and special writer for Newsday. He has worked as associate professor and director for the international students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is a member of the board of directors and former chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1985.
Ramón Alberto Garza
Founder and CEO Indigomedia México
Alberto Garza is a leading Latin American journalist with 35 years experience. He has attained the chief editorial position in three of México’s major news organizations: Grupo Reforma, Televisa and El Universal. In 2006 he founded Indigomedia, the first online multimedia experience for understanding and entertaining. He is now launching Flypmedia, a similar venture in the United States. With Reporte Indigo and Flyp online experiences, he is pioneering a new media model for the 21st century. Throughout his professional career he has received 18 international awards for investigative reporting, human rights and design. In 1996 he received the Maria Moors Cabot Medal, granted by Columbia University in New York for his contributions to freedom of the press in Latin America. In 2007, he received the World Summit Award distinguishing Indigomedia in the category of e-Entertainment for the best in e-Content & Creativity.