Many of the bravest journalists today are those who work in Mexico. How often do we hear that one has been tortured and murdered? Many live a life looking for the truth and end up losing their lives in the process.
On March 27th, Alfredo talked openly about his new book “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.” He gave me his first interview on his first book and what it took to write it.
Alfredo was born in Mexico, and came to U.S. with his family when he was a little boy. He realized at a young age that he eventually wanted to go back to Mexico. He never imagined it would be as a reporter.
When Alfredo was first assigned to Mexico, he promised his parents he would not cover the drug cartels. He decided to cover immigration issues and the other Dallas Morning News reporters at the bureau could cover the drug cartel assignments.
But today the bureau is only one person–Alfredo. He admitted he has yet to tell his parents that he wasn’t able to keep his promise to them. They know he has written a book. His mother was a great help, because she kept many of his reporter notebooks full of information.
Here’s part of the March 27th interview I conducted before members and guests of the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter.
Over Easter he plans to sit down with his parents and tell them everything. We wondered–will this book put him in more danger in Mexico? Find out what he has to say.
Alfredo has received several death threats, and has left Mexico for safer grounds. But he always goes back. Why? Stay tuned for the rest of our interview.
Thank you to journalist Yezmin Ali Modad who shot the interview with her smartphone.
For your information–Alfredo’s book will be out in a few weeks. You can pre-order it. (AMAZON)
Rebecca Aguilar is a multiple Emmy award-winning freelance reporter based in Dallas. She has 31 years in the business, including 27 in television news. She’s currently the VP of Online for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the VP of Membership for the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.