Conrad Fox




first published in Vidas Cruzadas on Aug. 21, 2008

Missing the Train

Filiberto is a seasoned traveller of the rails. On this trip, he's something of a mentor for a ragtag group of Central Americans riding the trains north. He's even accompanied for the first time by his 17 year old daughter, whom he protects like a mother hen with a chick. The group take a rest stop in Orizaba, Mexico, sharing food and laughter, united by the dangers they face, including hunger, the Mexican authorities, and risk of falling from the train. A whistle blows and it is time to be moving again. The train judders into motion. But where's Filiberto? Can he and his daugher keep up as a throng of bodies race for the speeding wagons?

Winner of 2007 NY Festivals Award


I'm a journalist, radio producer, project manager, instructor and developer. I've reported from Latin America and the Caribbean and my work has taken me across a minefield, into a gunfight, a dugout canoe and inside the homes of many brave and generous people. I have taught journalism, English, soccer, physics, robotics, anthropology and storytelling in board rooms, classrooms, lecture halls, playing fields and mud huts. I am also a developer, working an several software tools for education and journalism. I divide my time between Mexico and Canada.

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(Conrad's) vision, his journalistic nose, and his tireless search to go one more step for the new, helped us find really impactful stories...

Manuel Ureste

Journalist and co-author of La Estafa Maestra, Animal Politico, Mexico