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Ms. Ortiz Uribe writes about diversity and inequality for the El Paso Times and the USA Today network. She’s also a longtime contributor to National Public Radio. Born and raised on the U.S./Mexico border, Mónica straddles two countries, two cultures, and two languages both personally and professionally. Her first nationally broadcast story was about the missing and murdered women of Ciudad Juárez. She’s also written about Mexico’s judicial reform, binational drug violence, and the impact of the Trump administration’s immigration policies on the southern border.

Interview with Cat Cardenas of Texas Monthly, June 2020:

Interview in the Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante and Jeannine E. Relly Oral History Collection, 2014:

Interview with the Daily Zeitgeist podcast, July 2020:

Conversation at the Columbia Journalism School, with Alfredo Corchado, 2013:

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.


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