12 May 2011

The Author

Author of the award-winning book Finding Fernanda. Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. Redux Pictures photographer. Read more here.


Journalists in training?
Fernanda, hard at work

During one of my many interviews with Mildred Alvarado, her small daughters Fernanda and Ana Cristina sat alongside me. I gave  Fernanda (age six) and Ana Cristina (age three) each a blank notebook page. All three of us scribbled, more or less, as Mildred spoke.

Ana Cristina made some squiggly lines.

Fernanda was a dedicated artists, drawing pictures of watermelons, churches, family members, and vegetables. Ana Cristina mostly scribbled. For my part, I jotted down points to clarify in later conversations with Mildred.

I think Fernanda’s notes were the most interesting!


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