The daughter of a South Texas rancher, who was also involved in local politics, Michelle García grew up a mere 100 miles from the border, and has been telling the colorful and complicated stories of its people for most of her life.  Her powerful musings on national identity, race and the U.S.-Mexico border have appeared in the Washington Post, Texas Observer, New York Times, Oxford American, Guernica, The Nation, AlJazeera America, The Boston Review and Salon, among other publications.

Based in both Texas and New York, García is an accomplished multimedia storyteller who has also reported for NPR's Justice Talking, Day to Day, Latino USA and PRI's The World, Marketplace and the Next Big Thing. Her documentary film exploring the Texas Revolution, Against Mexico — the Making of Heroes and Enemies, was acquired by PBS and aired on PBS Newshour as part of the network's 2012 election coverage.

Michelle Garcia (center) at Standing Rock with USC Annenberg’s own Professor Sandy Tolan (right) and another comrade.
Michelle Garcia (center) at Standing Rock with USC Annenberg’s own Professor Sandy Tolan (right) and another comrade.

García is a 2019 Hearst Visiting Fellow at the University of Southern California and a Dobie Paisano Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters. She is also a current Soros Equality Fellow through the Open Society Foundations and is presently at work on a narrative non-fiction book about the border called Anima Sola: The Unmaking of the Frontier.

In December of 2017, the Craig Newmark Journalism School at the City University of New York graduated it's first class of bilingual journalists. The program, an MA in Spanish-language journalism, is the first of its kind in the US, dedicated to training bilingual journalists to help fill the growing need in covering Latinx communities in the US and abroad.

CUNY tapped veteran journalist and author Graciela Mochkofsky to run the program. A native of Argentina, she is often cited among the country's most important nonfiction writers. She's written six books-two that focused in particular on the relationship between the media and the political and economic powers in Argentina-and her work has won numerous awards, including the 2018 Maria Moors Cabot prize for outstanding reporting across Latin America and the Caribbean.

As the first director of CUNY's bilingual journalism program, Mochkofsky works directly with students to hone their reporting and storytelling skills while using language as a tool to connect more deeply with the people they are covering and the audiences they are trying to reach. She spoke with Match Volume as part of a collaboration with Dímelo Radio.