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.

(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