Lorne Matalon has been reporting from Mexico for "The World" since November 2007. He has covered the Mexican ‘war on drugs’ from the frontlines, going on patrol with the Mexican armed forces, and pursued immigration and economic stories throughout the country. Lorne's beat has also stretched further south into Venezuela and Panama.
Previously Lorne worked at NPR Member Stations WUNC and WBUR, filing from Haiti, Panama and Mongolia.
Lorne is a contributor to National Geographic’s Ethnosphere Project and a Fellow at the Explorers Club of New York.
Mexican drug traffickers have worked their way south into Guatemala. The Guatemalan army has been trying to beat them back. But some Guatemalans feel loyal to the cartels. Which have provided services that the government hasn't. Lorne Matalon reports.
Last month President Obama apologized to the people of Guatemala for an unethical study of syphilis. In the mid-40s, hundreds of Guatemalans were unwitting subjects of the study.Lorne Matalon reports that many are still outraged, despite the apology.
Lifestyle & Belief
Midwives have helped the women of rural Mexico to give birth. But that's a tradition that's dying out, as more women deliver their babies in hospitals. Reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe found one clinic where Mexican women can still learn to become midwives.
Arts, Culture & Media
The Obama administration is easing restrictions on visas issued to Cuban artists who refuse to defect or renounce their loyalty to the Cuban Revolution. Reporter Lorne Matalon profiles two artists who've come to the US from Cuba because of this opening.
Science, Tech & Environment
A plan by the U.S. to reuse polluted Colorado River water that now flows across the Border into Mexico is putting one of the region's last wildlife refuges, and a number of Mexican farms, at risk.