Past positions

Metropolitan Editor, Houston Chronicle
December 2006 to August 2007
Houston, Texas

Supervised a staff of 51 at the Houston Chronicle, the ninth-largest newspaper in the United States. The paper, founded in 1901, had a daily circulation of more than 500,000 and a Sunday circulation of nearly 700,000.

Duties included:

• Managing 10 editors and 41 reporters.
• Leading the paper’s news coverage in Houston and the surrounding nine-county area, a sprawling metropolis of more than five million people.
• Helping to transform a traditional newsroom into a dynamic, 24/7 online and print operation.
• Planning and producing the paper’s daily City & State section. Overseeing story selection, editing, layout, photography and online features, including blogs and multimedia presentations.
• Hiring, training and strategic planning. Led a top-to-bottom reorganization of the City Desk.

Mexico/Border Editor, the Houston Chronicle
September 2005 to December 2006
Houston, Texas

• Spearheaded coverage of Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border and immigration issues.
• Supervised team of reporters covering breaking news in Mexico, including the July 2006 presidential elections.
• Traveled to Mexico to write about the hotly contested presidential race.
• Edited a series of articles called “Who Really Runs Mexico?” which the Hearst Corp. recognized as being among its newspapers’ best work in 2006 and was included in the Chronicle’s Pulitzer Prize contest entries.
• Coordinated newspaper’s coverage of massive immigrant protests that erupted in Houston and other cities during the spring and summer of 2006.

Foreign Correspondent, The Dallas Morning News
September 1993 to September 2005
Mexico City and Havana

• Chased breaking news and enterprise stories throughout Latin America, reporting from such countries as Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica.
• Went to Afghanistan after 9/11 and covered the U.S. invasion and battles between the Northern Alliance and the Taliban.
• Slipped into Haiti just before President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced out in February 2004 and wrote a series of stories on the violent, tumultuous events.
• Coordinated the newspaper’s coverage of Pope John Paul II’s visits to Cuba, Mexico and the Middle East.
• Helped organize the Dallas Morning News’ “Cuba in Evolution” conference, which brought the top U.S. and Cuban diplomats together in a public forum for the first time in nearly 40 years in September 1998.

Led or co-authored five Pulitzer Prize contest entries. These included:

• Cuba in Evolution, 1998
• Mexican Democracy, 1997
• Mexican Organized Crime, 1996
• Beat coverage, Mexico, 1995
• Chiapas uprising, Mexico’s presidential elections, 1994

Reporter, The Orange County Register
November 1990 to September 1993 Santa Ana, Calif.

• Boosted the newspaper’s coverage of immigrant communities and the California-Mexico border.
• Did a four-month investigation of teen-age drinking in Tijuana, Mexico. The project, called “Blood Border,” led to crackdowns on both sides of the border, public awareness campaigns and sobriety checkpoints.
• Developed and wrote a series of stories documenting the failure of U.S. immigration reform policies. The judge of a 13-state writing contest called it “great writing, wonderful reporting, important information that was easily understood.”
• Helped report and write four-part series on fraud and abuse in the Social Security Administration in Southern California, prompting congressional, federal and local investigations.

Each of these three projects, above, were Pulitzer Prize contest entries.

Reporter, The Miami Herald
July 1987 to November 1990
Hollywood, Fla.

Covered crime, government and general assignment duties.

• Wrote Page 1 investigative story and follow-ups that shut down a fraudulent employment agency.
• Broke story about a dangerous county target range, leading to thousands of dollars in safety improvements.
• Helped develop and write a special section which examined social, political and environmental issues in South Florida.

Reporter, The Fort Myers News-Press
July 1986 to 1987
Fort Myers, Fla.

Covered county government.

• Broke a story about a Mafia-linked developer accused of running a swampland scam.

Reporter, The Tampa Tribune
February 1986 to June 1986
Tampa, Fla.

Wrote about education and other issues from a suburban post north of Tampa.

• Traveled to Colombia to write about volcano eruption and mudslide that killed more than 25,000 people in the town of Armero.
• Wrote Page 1 breaking story about attempted coup by renegade Gen. Frank Vargas in Quito, Ecuador.

Reporter, Fort Collins Coloradoan
May 1983 to February 1986
Fort Collins, Colo.

Covered a variety of beats, including cops, courts, county government and business.

• Investigated a string of murders committed by Marion “Mad Dog” Pruett; interviewed the convicted killer on Death Row in Mississippi and wrote Page 1 series.

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