Alfredo Corchado - A Bridge Between Two Countries
June 6, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra revisits with the Mexico Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News and Author of “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey through a Country’s Descent into Darkness,” Alfredo Corchado; and with the Border Bureau Chief of the Albuquerque Journal, Lauren Courcy Villagran, and is also the Editor of Corchado’s “Midnight in Mexico.” He says many things have happened since the book was published in 2013. Late last year it was translated from English into Spanish, “Medianoche en Mexico,” and is now available in paperback and will soon be made into a movie by Canana Films, Producer Pablo Cruz, Diego Luna and Canana Films.
Corchado was born in Durango, Mexico and as a young boy his family permanently moved to California and Texas. Against his mother’s wishes he returned to Mexico, and for more than twenty years has lived on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border reporting on government corruption, murders in Juarez and the drug cartels in Mexico. But in this book, he says, “do not expect to get the policy or analysis of what happened in Mexico’s drug wars and violence, that is the back drop of the book, it is a memoir, a journey of looking for your identity, looking for where do you belong…in some ways you’re a bridge between two countries.”