Conrad Fox

International reporting projects, migration and robotics



first published in Latino USA on Jan. 26, 2016

Shooting of Mexican journalist changes everything for freelancer with family

Returning to a changed Mexico

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Returning to a place you love can be a joy. But if that place has changed for the worse, the opposite can happen. Canadian reporter Conrad Fox tells us about a visit to his former hometown of Xalapa, Mexico. Fox was hoping to visit old friends and relive some of his fondest memories in the city where his kids were born. Instead, he found militant police forces, unexplained disappearances, violence and everywhere a sense of fear.


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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.