Journalist Andrea Elliott won the Pulitzer Prize for her book “Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City” under the category of General Nonfiction in 2022, but that was not her first Pulitzer. 15 years earlier, Andrea won the award under the Feature Writing category for her reporting in the New York Times on Muslim communities after 9/11.

Read the episode transcript here.

Andrea has worked at the New York Times for more than 21 years, where she is currently an investigative reporter.

Before the New York Times, Andrea was at the Miami Herald, where she covered crime, immigration and Latin American politics.

Andrea’s bond with Latin America runs deep. She is the daughter of a Chilean mother and an American father.

“They fell in love and she came to the United States to make a life with my dad,” she told Latino USA. The family planted roots in Gainesville, Virginia. “It’s where I took my first steps. It’s where I spent my first four years of life and it is also the place where a lot of our Chilean family arrived, fleeing Chile for their safety, after General Augusto Pinochet took power in a violent coup in 1973.”

Andrea said her upbringing has helped her to better navigate and empathize with the people she writes about because her reporting often centers on people living on the margins of power.

“I always say I’m the wrong person for every story,” she told Latino USA. “I think you have to go in as a journalist feeling that, if you want to get it right. You need to know that you’re going to be humbled over and over and over again.”

On today’s episode, Maria Hinojosa sits down with Andrea Elliott to discuss her Latin American roots, how her bi-culturual identity helped her to better connect —and report on— communities that she’s not a part of and the role of journalists of conscience.

Featured image by Nina Subin.

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