Mónica Ortiz Uribe
Mónica Ortiz Uribe is a public radio reporter based along the U.S./Mexico border. She lives andworks in her hometown of El Paso, Texas as a correspondent for KJZZ in Phoenix. Mónica covers immigration, drug violence and international trade among other subjects.
The federal government is a major employer in El Paso, one of the largest cities along the US-Mexico border. The shutdown has affected thousands of customs, Border Patrol and drug enforcement agents who are reporting to work without pay.
In El Paso’s Chihuahuita neighborhood, where border security is an everyday concern, Border Patrol agents break barriers and build community with an annual Santa Claus visit tradition.
The world's smallest porpoise species has been brought to the edge of extinction by illegal fishing in Mexico. And it's not even the porpoise itself that fishermen are after.
His admirers held red roses and sang a karaoke version of "Amor Eterno," a ballad by Gabriel that's often played at Mexican funerals.
A remote campground in southwest New Mexico has recently become the world's second dark sky sanctuary for star gazers. The rapid spread of light pollution prevents more than half of the world's population from seeing the Milky Way.
A study says 98 percent of crimes in Mexico go unsolved. The nation is changing its justice system to try to change that.
In northern Mexico, there's a place called Copper Canyon. It cuts six slits into the Earth and hidden between the cliffs and valleys is where an American concert pianist has decided to settle with his one-ton grand piano.
Factory workers in Ciudad Juárez now make only 40 percent of what Chinese factory workers do, on average. For the first time, efforts to unionize are meeting with some limited success.
French chef Thierry Marceaux lost his job at a five-star hotel in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit the city. The storm also destroyed his home. So he left the bayou and moved to the desert, and started over.
In this small city in Mexico's Yucatán, the choice between staying near family or earning more in the United States leaves some people restless.