For nearly a decade, until January 2022, Monica was a senior editor and reporter for the award-winning radio program “The World.” She managed reporters from NPR affiliates nationwide and independent producers based around the globe who filed stories for the program. She was also sent for special coverage to Mexico, Haiti, Cuba and other locations. Her role required regular collaborations with organizations such as the Center for Investigative Reporting and the BBC.
Before her time at “The World,” Monica was an international correspondent. She spent several months in Afghanistan as part of a Knight Foundation multimedia project. For more than six years, she was based in Mexico City covering Latin America for several publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Marie Claire and the Economist. She was the Committee to Protect Journalists’ first representative in Mexico.
Monica is a mentor for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Her work has garnered a national Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in equity and inclusion. She has been a Mirror Award finalist. She was also a Harvard Nieman fellow. Monica earned her BA in journalism from San José State University and her MA in Latin American and Caribbean studies from NYU.
Monica was raised in rural Northern California, where she began her education in a one-room schoolhouse. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and young son. In her spare time, when she isn’t listening to podcasts, she enjoys paddleboarding, quesadillas and spy films.
Monica’s first day is today. Please join us in welcoming her.