Lydia Chavez started as a reporter for the Albuquerque Tribune, later moving on to Time magazine, Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, where she served as El Salvador and South American bureau chief. In 2005, ChÌÁvez and her students collaborated to publish Capitalism, God and A Good Cigar: Cuba Enters the Twenty-First Century (Duke University Press). And in 1998, ChÌÁvez published The Color Bind: California’s Battle Against Affirmative Action, which won the Leonard Silk Award (UC Press). She has also written op-ed pieces for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Examiner and magazine pieces for The New York Times and Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazines and George magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Graduate Diploma in Art History and a master’s degree in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She is the founder and executive editor of Mission Local, a news site covering the Mission District that began at Berkeley in the fall of 2008 and became independent in the summer of 2014.