Reporter covering immigrant communities and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Education: University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA in journalism; University of Texas at Austin, MA in Latin American studies
Maria Sacchetti covers immigration for The Washington Post. She previously reported for the Boston Globe, where her reporting led to the release of several immigrants from jail. She investigated the secrecy surrounding the U.S. immigration system and covered the deportation hearings of President Barack Obama's Kenyan relatives. She was a member of the Boston Globe staff that shared in the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Overseas, she covered the refugee crisis in Europe in 2015, the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and traveled to Brazil, Guatemala, Colombia and Ecuador on assignment. She received the 2015 French-American Foundation's Immigration Journalism Award for her article "The Unforgotten," about hundreds, possibly thousands, of immigrants missing along the southern U.S. border.
Before the Globe, she investigated the education of Latino schoolchildren for the Orange County Register in California, which led to an initiative to improve their education. She has lived and worked in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica and spent a summer in Colombia. In Puerto Rico, she covered the legislature and multiple hurricanes. In Costa Rica, she covered five hostage situations, including the sieges on the Nicaraguan embassy and the Costa Rica Supreme Court.
Honors & Awards:
2015 French-American Foundation Immigration Journalism Award