Arelis R. Hernández

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering the U.S. Southern border, Immigration, Texas and beyond

Education: University of Maryland, BA in broadcast journalism, minor in U.S. Latinx studies

Arelis Hernández has covered hurricanes, mass shootings and most recently, has been in and out of Puerto Rico chronicling the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. She was part of the team that created the digital project “Sin Luz: Life without power,” which garnered an national Emmy nomination and international recognition. She joined the Washington Post staff in 2014 to cover Prince George's County, a suburb of Washington D.C., where she grew up. Hernández has also spent time in Venezuela for the foreign desk and at one point lived in Puerto Rico to probe the politics, culture and social movements
Latest from Arelis R. Hernández

Uvalde schools police chief resigns from city council post

Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, whose response as police chief of Uvalde schools has been roundly criticized, is stepping down from an elected post on the city council.

July 2, 2022

Migrant smuggler didn’t realize trailer’s AC unit failed, complaint says

Homero Zamorano, Jr., 45, appeared in federal court in San Antonio Thursday for the first time since the grisly discovery of the bodies.

July 1, 2022

Texas migrant tragedy brings grief to families back home

The migrants traveled from Mexico and Central America in search of better lives. Fifty-three have been found dead in the back of a truck in San Antonio.

June 30, 2022

Deaths of 53 migrants in Texas stoke grief, fears of a deadly summer

The number of migrants dead in a suspected smuggling operation rose to 53 Wednesday, two days after dozens of bodies were found lifeless in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio.

June 28, 2022

Journalists in Uvalde are stonewalled, hassled, threatened with arrest

Reporters came to Texas to tell the story of the Robb Elementary School massacre. But ‘we were seen as enemies’ by police, they say.

June 28, 2022

46 migrants found dead in Texas inside sweltering tractor-trailer

The bodies of 46 migrants in San Antonio marked the deadliest smuggling incident of its kind in U.S. history.

June 28, 2022

Armed Uvalde officers waited for key to unlocked door, official says

In the most detailed account yet from officials, the Texas Department of Public Safety said police responding to the Uvalde massacre made numerous mistakes.

June 21, 2022

Bats and balls — but not baseball — win over Texas kids

The growth of Dallas’s South Asian community and their obsessive love for cricket is turning North Texas into an international hub for the sport.

June 20, 2022

Video contradicts police in Texas boy’s shooting death, family says

An attorney representing the mother of 13-year-old Andre “AJ” Hernandez Jr. says he planned to file a federal civil rights lawsuit over the death, which police continue to investigate.

June 14, 2022