Alfredo Corchado was born in Durango, Mexico and, grew up in California and Texas. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College. He is a 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Mr. Corchado has worked for the Dallas Morning News since 1994. As Mexico Bureau Chief, he covers U.S. policy in Latin America, with a special focus on Mexico. Mr. Corchado has also worked for The News in Cuba and Washington. Before joining The News, Mr. Corchado worked for Public Radio, the Ogden Standard-Examiner in Utah, El Paso Herald-Post and The Wall Street Journal.
Late in 2003, Mr. Corchado began his coverage of a string of unsolved killing of women in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, across El Paso, Texas. His investigation linked some of those gruesome killings to the powerful Juarez cartel. He also uncovered the role of a U.S. informant in the killing of drug traffickers. His reporting led to an internal U.S. inquiry and to the removal of heads of the Immigration Customs Enforcement agency.
In 2005, his reporting on drug violence led him to the discovery of crimes committed in Texas cities under the order of a Mexican paramilitary group known as the Zetas, army deserters trained by the U.S.
He’s considered one of the top authorities on Latin America and Mexico’s ongoing drug violence and illegal migration. Despite threats to his own life, he’s the leading reporter on the drug-related violence that dominates the border region. He has become a voice for journalists who are too terrified to speak the truth for themselves. He frequently appears in the national media as an expert on Mexico and in universities, and policy groups, on both sides of the border.
Among the numerous awards, he received the Maria Moors Cabot, considered the Pulitzer Prize for reporting in Latin America. The prize was awarded by the University of Columbia.
Mr. Corchado is currently writing a book on Mexico. He is represented by The Wylie Agency.