About: Mónica Ortiz Uribe

I'm a freelance reporter based in my hometown: El Paso, Texas. Although my career began in print journalism two years ago, my heart belongs to radio. Since moving back to El Paso in August 2008, my reports focus mainly on the effects of drug-related violence in our sister city, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. You can listen to my stories have on Latino USA, NPR's hourly newscasts and other public radio programs. I am also a producer for NPR's Mexico City correspondent, Jason Beaubien, when he reports from Juarez. I frequently assist other visiting journalists from the Dallas Morning News to Le Figaro in France and the BBC in Scotland. Prior to working in El Paso, I was a reporter for the Waco Tribune-Herald in Waco, Texas. I began as a crime reporter and later focused on minority communities, particulary latinos. I also headed the newspaper's Spanish language publication, Fronteras de la Noticia. As hobbies, I paint and travel. You can catch me on weekends face painting at children's events around town. Or you can catch me somewhere across the globe. I last visited Thailand and Latvia and travel frequently south of the U.S. border. I have lived in France and southern Mexico. My goal is to work full time as a correspondent for public radio.

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