Amy Isackson

Amy Isackson is a freelance reporter who covers California’s U.S.-Mexico border, immigration and Tijuana. She has taken public radio listeners down into drug smuggling tunnels and out to sea in search of smuggling boats, among other places, and consistently seeks out people on both sides of the border whose lives are affected by border policy, immigration law and the realities of living on the border. Isackson strives to provide history and context in her stories to make events meaningful for listeners. Her work has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, PRI’s The World and KQED’s The California Report. She majored in Latin American History at Williams College.

Recent Stories

Conflict & Justice

Families Torn Apart by Immigration Rules

Changes are being made to a 1996 immigration law that aimed to crack down on illegal immigration and thwart bogus marriages. In reality, it also ended up penalizing legitimate couples. Reporter Amy Isackson,with reporter Susan Ferriss bring us the story.

Conflict & Justice

Mexico forces seize huge marijuana haul

Mexican security forces have seized 105 tons of marijuana in the border city of Tijuana. The haul, which was intended for the US, is estimated to have a street value of about $ 340 million. Host Lisa Mullins talks to KPBS border reporter Amy Isackson.