Award-Winning Journalist Sam Quinones to Lecture at UA on Nov. 19

Lori Harwood
Nov. 12, 2003

Award-winning and nationally known journalist Sam Quinones will lecture at the University of Arizona on Nov. 19. His lecture, "So Far from Mexico City, So Close to God: Stories of Mexican Immigrants' and of Mexico's Escape from History," is free and open to the public.

Sam Quinones has worked in Mexico City for nine years as a journalist and freelance writer. In 1998 he won the Alicia Patterson Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards in U.S. print journalism.

Quinones is the author of "True Tales From Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx" (University of New Mexico Press, 2001). He has written for national newspapers and radio, including the Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Newsday, Latin Trade Magazine and the Frontline World. He has been featured on National Public Radio's syndicated program "Fresh Air," as well as "Latino USA."

While in Tucson, Quinones also will visit Pueblo Magnet High School and speak to Chicano studies and Spanish classes about his observations and experiences as a reporter living in Mexico and interviewing Mexican immigrants headed to the United States.

Facilitating such school visits by Latin American experts is one of the ways the Center for Latin American Studies reaches out to the community, particularly K-12 educators. Teachers can call the CLAS Outreach office at 520-626-7242 or email to be added to the listserv, request a speaker for a class, or receive help with curriculum development.

Editors Note: Reporters who want to arrange for an interview with Quinones can contact Margaret Wilder or Robin Zenger at CLAS. Quinones also has his own Web site at

Quinones' visit is sponsored by the UA Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), based on Department of Education Title VI national Resource Center funding, in conjunction with the Department of Journalism and the Southwest Center.