Alfredo Corchado is the Mexico Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News where he covers U.S. policy in Latin America. Corchado has also worked for the Dallas Morning News in Cuba and Washington. Before joining The News, Mr. Corchado worked in public radio on the border, the Ogden Standard-Examiner in Utah, El Paso Herald-Post and The Wall Street Journal.
His reporting has earned him several awards, including The Maria Moors Cabot award presented by Columbia University and the Elijah Parrish Lovejoy prize presented by Colby College. He was a finalist for the Center For Public Integrity award in Washington for his reporting on Ciudad Juarez and the rise of a Mexican paramilitary group known as the Zetas.
Corchado is a leading reporter on the drug-related violence that continues to dominate the border region and threaten Mexico’s national security and border communities. He served as a 2010 scholar at The Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington and was a Nieman Fellow in 2009 at Harvard University. He was also a visiting fellow at the David Rockefeller Center at Harvard.
His book, Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey was published in 2013, and chronicles Corchado’s experiences covering the drug war in Mexico. His newest book, Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration, was be published June 2018 by Bloomsbury.
About Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration
When Alfredo Corchado moved to Philadelphia in 1987, he felt as if he was the only Mexican in the city. But in a restaurant called Tequilas, he connected with two other Mexican men and one Mexican American, all feeling similarly isolated. Over the next three decades, the four friends continued to meet, coming together over their shared Mexican roots and their love of tequila. One was a radical activist, another a restaurant/tequila entrepreneur, the third a lawyer/politician. Alfredo himself was a young reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
Homelands merges the political and the personal, telling the story of the last great Mexican migration through the eyes of four friends at a time when the Mexican population in the United States swelled from 700,000 people during the 1970s to more than 35 million people today. It is the narrative of the United States in a painful economic and political transition.
As we move into a divisive, nativist new era of immigration politics, Homelands is a must-read to understand the past and future of the immigrant story in the United States, and the role of Mexicans in shaping America’s history. A deeply moving book full of colorful characters searching for home, it is essential reading.