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Representing Latinx Voices in American Journalism

Luis Trelles, Aaron Nelsen, Sarah Alvarez, Serena Maria Daniels

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
3:30pm (Reception)
4:00-5:30pm (Panel Discussion)
3512 Haven Hall
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Please join us for a panel discussion on the representation of Latinx issues, perspectives and voices in American journalism, featuring current Knight-Wallace Fellows Luis Trelles of Radio Ambulante and Aaron Nelsen, former Rio Grande Valley Bureau Chief for the San Antonio Express-News, together with Sarah Alvarez, Founder and Executive Editor of Outlier Media and Serena Maria Daniels, founder of Tostada Magazine in Detroit. This event is a collaboration between the Latina/o Studies Program, the Department of American Culture, and Wallace House, home of the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists and the Livingston Awards. Reception will be held before the panel. Free and open to the public.

Luis Trelles is a producer for Radio Ambulante, a podcast distributed by NPR which tells the stories of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States. His work has appeared on WNYC’s Radiolab, and NPR’s Planet Money and All Things Considered. Trelles has reported on Cuban immigration, the ethnic tensions between Haitians and Dominicans in the Dominican Republic, and the causes for Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. In 2017 he covered the emergency efforts in the U.S. commonwealth after Hurricane Maria. Trelles teaches at the journalism school of the City University of New York, where he mentors emerging Latino journalists through its bilingual program. @cu_bata

Aaron Nelsen is the former Rio Grande Valley Bureau Chief for the San Antonio Express-News. Previously, he was a Time correspondent and New York Times contributor in Chile. He also worked for Reuters covering the Chilean stock exchange and currency market. Prior to that he was the business editor and education reporter for the Brownsville Herald in Texas and a general assignment reporter for the Temple Daily Telegram in Texas. In 2017, he documented a small group of community activists in the Rio Grande Valley as they worked to save a wildlife preserve from the path of President Trump's border wall. @amnelsen

Sarah Alvarez, founder and executive editor of Outlier Media, started her career in civil rights law in New York. Before founding Outlier Media, she worked as a senior producer and reporter at Michigan Radio, the statewide NPR affiliate. In that role, she covered issues important to low-income families, child welfare and disability. Her work has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, The Center for Investigative Reporting, Bridge Magazine, and The Detroit News. Sarah believes journalism is a service and should be responsive to the needs of all people. She lives in northwest Detroit. @media_outlier @sarahalvarezMI

Serena Maria Daniels is an award-winning Chicana journalist. A recovering daily newspaper reporter, she is the founder and chingona-in-chief of Tostada Magazine, a Detroit-based independent new media platform that uses food journalism as a means of preserving culture and breaking down barriers. Tostada empowers journalists of color or of immigrant backgrounds to report stories from within their communities. As a freelance food journalist, Serena writes about halal burgers, Ramadan IHOP, chapulín pizza and other topics at the intersection of food, culture, and migration for Thrillist, Eater Detroit, Latino USA, Remezcla, and others. Her favorite tacos come from back home in LA and she prefers her pizza square. Find Tostada on Twitter and Instagram @tostadamagazine and Serena @serenamaria36
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When and Where

Map Haven Hall - 3512

April 2019

3:30pm - 5:30pm

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