Journalist and expert on drug cartels to speak at Sierra College

By: Staff Report
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As part of La Semana Latina week, Sierra College will host an event with nationally recognized journalist, Alfredo Corchado.

Corchado is the Mexico Bureau Chief of the Dallas Morning News and author of the recently released nonfiction book, Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness. The book cronichles Corchado’s decades of experience reporting on violent Mexican drug cartels. A winner of Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and many other prestigious awards, Corchado was born in Durango, Mexico and grew up in San Joaquin County, Ca., and then border communities in Texas. He has worked for the Dallas Morning News since 1994 and has filed reports with Public Radio and The Wall Street Journal.

 Corchado’s journalism has documented a string of unsolved killings of women in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, across El Paso, Texas. His investigation linked some of those gruesome murders to the powerful Juarez cartel. He also uncovered the role of a U.S. informant in the killing of drug traffickers. Corchado’s reporting led to an internal U.S. inquiry, and then later to the removal of supervisors at Immigration Customs Enforcement agency.

In 2005, Corchado’s reporting on drug violence led him to the discovery of crimes committed in Texas cities under the order of a Mexican paramilitary group known as the Zetas, army deserters trained by the U.S.

Corchado is now considered one of the top authorities on Latin America and México’s ongoing drug violence and illegal migration. Despite threats to his own life, he’s still one of the leading journalists on the drug-related violence that dominates the border region.

Sierra College will host a conversation and book-signing with Corchado Thursday, March 27 from 3 to  4:30 pm, in Walker Hall, Rm. D-12. The college is located at 5000 Rocklin Rd. Permits can be purchased at dispensers located on the parking lot.