Fronteras: The Changing America Desk

by Linda Pastori

FronterasKJZZ Phoenix announces the opening of its Mexico City Bureau as the next step in the expansion of its Fronteras: The Changing America Desk initiative. Fronteras is an award-winning multimedia collaboration among public radio stations across the southwestern United States. Established in 2010 through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Local Journalism Center initiative, Fronteras leverages resources from member stations KJZZ, KNAU, KRWG, Arizona Public Media and Marfa Public Radio to cover a borderlands area of close to nine million residents and more than one million listeners.

Broadcasting in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico, Fronteras covers a variety of borderland topics. Recent stories include the El Salvador child migration crisis, marriage equality on Cherokee and Navajo reservations, New Mexico oil production regulations and several high-profile criminal cases.

Fronteras finds untold stories and shines a light on the personal impact of otherwise faceless policy issues. The Mexico City bureau now allows the station to expand coverage of important international issues like business development, trade agreements and other economic policies. Fronteras reporters regularly travel to northern Mexico, rural Native American reservations and as far away as Guatemala to create compelling stories about the people and communities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fronteras stories can often be heard on NPR, BBC, Here and Now, Marketplace and PBS Newshour.

Linda Pastori is the Associate General Manager at KJZZ/K-BACH Radio

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