Alfredo Corchado, whose expertise spans the gamut of important topics in US-Mexico relations—the drug war, border security, immigration, and more—will give a talk at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center titled “Reporting Crime, Violence, and Narcotrafficking in Mexico: Challenges, Insights, and the Road Ahead” on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Corchado will describe issues he has encountered with press freedom in Mexico, speak candidly about the current state of the drug war and its intersections with Central American migration, and reflect on what policymakers on both sides of the border can do to best move forward given the lack of transparency in crime and drug issues in Mexico.
Corchado is the border-Mexico correspondent for The Dallas Morning News and author of two books: Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent Into Darkness (2013) and Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration (2018). He is also the Director of the Borderlands Program at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.
The talk is hosted by the Border & Migration Program of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. It is part of The Other Side of the Border: Ties That Bind and Issues That Divide speaker series organized by Bush School Assistant Professor Aileen Teague. The series invites practitioners working on the border and in Mexico and Latin America to share their expertise and experiences.