Valeria Fernández

Valeria Fernández is an independent journalist from Uruguay with more than a decade experience as a bilingual documentary producer and reporter on Arizona’s immigrant community and the US-Mexico borderlands.

Her award-winning, independent reporting has focused on topics ranging from migrant kidnappings to racial profiling. Fernández also contributes with Radio Bilingue, CNN Spanish and Al Jazeera English, and has been published by newsrooms such as The Associated Press. In 2012, she produced the documentary “Two Americans,” which contrasts Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a 9-year-old US citizen trying to stop her parents’ deportation. In 2014, she was a director in the international award winning web documentary “Connected Walls,” about life along the US-Mexico and Morocco-Spain  borderlands.

In 2015, she was a producer and reporter for the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting on a project that cast light on the economic and social impacts of a mine spill in Northern Mexico that broadcast in PBS, San Diego. The multi-media project won an Arizona Press Club recognition for environmental reporting.

This year she is a fellow of the "Bringing Home the World" fellowship of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).

Recent Stories


For a young, undocumented immigrant, a new program lets her live in the US and even visit her deported family

Renata Teodoro was brought to the US as a toddler. Many years later, her family decided to return to their native Brazil after some of them faced deportation. But Renata stayed and now benefits from a program that protects some young immigrants from deportation. It even gave her the freedom to travel to Brazil to see her family again.