Investigative reporter, immigration and border issues, Los Angeles, Calif.
Project: Build a platform where ethnic media journalists can collaborate with statisticians, cartographers and programmers to create data visualization stories.
Claudia Núñez is a third-generation journalist, the daughter and granddaughter of news photographers. She began as an intern at the most-read newspaper in her hometown, Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, and in less than six months was promoted to reporter. She credits her father, an avid reader without a formal education, who introduced her to books and taught her that each face has a story to tell. Since 1994, she has reported extensively in Mexico and the United States. As an immigration reporter for La Opinión, the major Spanish-language publication in Los Angeles, Núñez documented the human rights violations that migrants have had to endure and brought life along the U.S.-Mexico border vividly to the print and online editions of her publication. She also worked at La Prensa, the Spanish-language publication of the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise, and as a U.S. correspondent for the Mexican States Editors Association, which includes 20 Mexican publications. She has received several honors for her work, including in 2008 The Latina Journalist of the Year award from The National Association of Hispanic Publications.Titles, employers and biography are from the fellowship year.