Mariana Alvarado has been at the Arizona Daily Star since 2007. She is a metro reporter covering the impact of issues on Hispanics, immigration and the border. She also writes for La Estrella de Tucson, the Star's Spanish language publication. Alvarado received the International Perspective Award from The Associated Press Managing Editors, among numerous other honors, for her 2007 Star project, “Death in the Desert: Jesús’ Long Journey Home,” a story chronicling the quest to identify a Mexican man who died in the desert after illegally crossing into the United States. Before joining the Star, she worked at Grupo Reforma newspaper company in Mexico, and as a correspondent and freelancer based in Los Angeles, Calif., for several international publications. She received a master's degree in journalism from Florida International University in 2006. Alvarado is a fellow of the Institute for Justice and Journalism (IJJ) at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.
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