News Release| Border Knowledges; Cal State L.A.


Note to editors and news directors:

Reporters are invited to attend. If interested in interviewing Wilkinson
(in either English or Spanish), contact the Cal State L.A. Public
Affairs office in advance.



‘Border Knowledges: A Conversation with Tracy Wilkinson’

welcomes public to hear the latest from veteran journalist

Los Angeles, CA

–  The Los Angeles Times’ Mexico bureau chief will share her
journalistic experiences and perspectives in a public discussion at
Cal State L.A. Wednesday, May 12,
at 6:30 p.m. in the
University-Student Union Theater

“Border Knowledges: A Conversation with Tracy Wilkinson”

will focus on the trafficking of drugs, guns, and human beings – along
with how border issues have been reported and represented.

 Wilkinson has covered wars, crises and daily life on three continents.
Her career began with United Press International, for which she covered
the Contra war in Nicaragua. She joined the Los Angeles Times in
1987. For the Times, she has been a metro writer, a foreign
correspondent in San Salvador, El Salvador; a correspondent in Vienna
covering the war in the Balkans; and a reporter in Jerusalem. Now the
’ Mexico bureau chief, she also contributes to its “La Plaza”

According to Beth Baker-Cristales, acting director of Cal State L.A.’s
Latin American Studies Program, “Tracy is very well known among those
who study Latin America for her many decades of excellent reporting on
the region – including reporting from Central America during the civil
wars of the 1980s, and now serving as Mexico bureau chief.”

Enrique Ochoa, a professor of history and Latin American studies at Cal
State L.A., will moderate the session, which will be in English. There
will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Vanderbilt
University. She recently published her book, “The Vatican’s Exorcists:
Driving out the Devil in the 21st Century.”

A reception will follow the conversation at 8 p.m.  The event is
sponsored by Cal State L.A.’s American Communities Program and Cross
Cultural Centers.

For links to recent coverage and comments by Tracy Wilkinson, visit this

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