Still Midnight in Mexico: Two Journalists Report

By Lee Bellavance

Sometimes, those of us who live here in Mexico, expats or not, feel a bit left in the dark about Mexican news—especially what is happening in the intertwined worlds of crime, corruption, and drugs. And sometimes, the story is the process of how Mexican news endangers the reporters who expose the truth. On Tuesday, January 20, two award-winning journalists with a combined total of almost 50 years on the beat help enlighten us about what is really happening here in Mexico. Their forum is San Miguel PEN’s winter series, held in Bellas Artes auditorium.

PEN series
Alfredo Corchado and Angela Kocherga
Midnight in Mexico
Tue, Jan 20, 6pm
Bellas Artes Auditorium
100 pesos

Alfredo Corchado is the Mexican Bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, where he has worked for over 20 years. Earlier, he reported for various news organizations including the Wall Street Journal. He was a 2010 Woodrow Wilson Center scholar in Washington and a 2011 visiting fellow at David Rockefeller Center at Harvard.

Corchado is best known for his non-fiction book, Midnight in Mexico. The book delves into the drug war and its intimidating and sometimes fatal impact on journalists.

It is telling that the title of the talk that he will deliver on January 20 with fellow journalist Angela Kocherga is “Still Midnight in Mexico.” It is disturbing that things have not improved, but illuminating to view what is happening through the eyes of two seasoned observers.

Korcherga is a broadcast and print veteran of the Mexican beat, now with Gannett Broadcasting, based in El Paso, Texas. A journalism graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she has won many awards including two Emmys for her drug war coverage, noted for its focus on the war’s impact on families on both sides of the border. She also covers trade, health, tourism, and other bi-national issues.

“Still Midnight in Mexico” is the second of six events in San Miguel PEN’s 2015 series. The local center is one of more than 100 centers of PEN International, the worldwide association of writers and journalists that supports freedom of expression around the world.

Corchado and Korcherga speak on Tuesday evening, January 20 at 6pm at the Belles Artes Auditorium on Hernández Macías. Tickets available at the door are 100 pesos and entitle holders to a free glass of wine with their dinner after the event at the Vivali restaurant across the street.


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