Conrad Fox

International reporting projects, migration and robotics

first published in Round Earth Media on Dec. 31, 2015

Little known stories of migration in Central America, Mexico and the US

Immigration Uncovered

original_images/img_1400.jpgAs a wave of migrants and refugee from Central America gripped the US news in the 2014/2015, Immigration Uncovered set out to unearth some of the lesser known stories about migration. We used a unique model pioneered by Round Earth Media, pairing US reporters with reporters in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The local reporters were not fixers, but equal partners, and each team shared credit for the stories they published, both in English and in Spanish. The stories they produced covered a kalaidescope of topics, from children deported back into the mortal violence they were fleeing, a town that still celebrates its first migrant, forty years on, a community of African and Asian migrants on Mexico's southern border, and a man who massages migrants' feet in Ciudad Juarez.


For this project, I recruited and mentored a dozen talented Spanish-speaking reporters, pairing them with US reporters and ensuring a healthy working relationship while in the field. I generated story ideas, identified potential sources and conducted pre-interviews, so reporters could hit the ground running. I closely edited their work, coaching them on story structure, ethics and attribution, while paying close attention to the differing needs of their respective markets. I helped place the stories in top-tier media across the region, including Reforma, El Universal, Animal Politico, El Faro, and El Periodico. I was part of the team that won a Peabody Award for a story about violence and migration in Honduras.

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For 15 years, Conrad lived in Mexico, where he worked as a freelance radio and print journalist. His work took him into a minefield, a gunfight, a dugout canoe and the homes of many fascinating, brave and generous people. He is also an avid teacher and has led classes in radio, robotics, soccer, physics and anthropology in a diversity of places, including office towers, lecture halls, fields and palm thatched huts.