MelitaI’m an associate professor in the journalism program at Texas Christian University’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication in Fort Worth. I’m the author of the book, They Came to Toil: Newspaper Representations of Mexicans and Immigrants in the Great Depression (University of Texas Press), which examines the ways media historically has viewed newcomers. In my career as a journalist, writer, and editor I have worked for Bloomberg News in New York, The Chicago Tribune, The Milwaukee Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, where I began my career as a reporter trainee. After covering the Enron and Andersen scandals, I pursued an MBA in the evening program at Kellogg and completed it at the University of Chicago’s London campus in 2007 while working abroad as an editor for the McKinsey Quarterly. Now living “where the West begins,” in my spare time I enjoy Mark Twain’s version of a good walk spoilt, whipping up tapas in my kitchen, and the supreme luxury of reading something because I want to, not because I have to.

Link to appearance on the PBS program, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

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