Valerie Hamilton reports on the west coast and the US-Mexico border for US and European public media. She lives in Los Angeles.
Arts, Culture & Media
A catchy song is getting plenty of play on Central American airwaves, but not everyone knows it was funded by the US government.
Development & Education
Undocumented immigrants in California will soon be allowed to get driver's licenses, but first they have to pass the driving test.
Lifestyle & Belief
What do you drink when carnival time in Quebec City and it's freezing cold? The answer's Caribou. But what exactly is in the high-octane party drink?
The Korean American community is standing by a new statue honoring thousands of "comfort women," or sex slaves, used by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Japanese conservatives say the statue has to go. And both sides are taking the issue to the White House.
Business, Finance & Economics
The US wine industry is rich with immigrant stories. And there are the elders among them, including winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich. He turned 90 this year and his story is one that traces the modern history of American wine.