Alfredo Corchado

Spring 2017 Resident Fellow

Journalist, author, and co-director of the Borderlands Program at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

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Alfredo Corchado is the border-Mexico correspondent for The Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent Into Darkness. He is also director of the Borderlands Program at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

Corchado is a noted expert on immigration, border issues, Mexico's democratic challenges, drug violence, and foreign policy between the U.S. and Mexico. Over the years, 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. His reporting has taken him throughout Latin America, including Cuba, Europe and West Africa.

Born in Durango, Mexico, Corchado grew up in California and Texas. He worked as a farm worker alongside his parents, who were members of the United Farm Workers, the union led by Cesar Chavez.

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.

Corchado is a 1984 graduate of El Paso Community College, a 1987 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a 2010 Rockefeller Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Scholar, and a 2017 USMEX fellow at the University of California San Diego. 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.

He is working on a second book, “Shadows at Dawn, The Last Great Mexican Migration,” a story about the Mexico within The United States. He calls the border home. 

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