Reporting on Mexico: Drugs, Violence and the Prospects for a Nation’s Future

Panel Discussion 

Part of the Spring 2010 U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum Series

February 17, 2010

Event description

Mexico’s brutal drug war has rattled that country’s sense of security, deepened its economic crisis and shifted attention from other pressing concerns. Leading journalists and scholars explore the roots of the violence, what its lasting impact may be, and how the drug war might be resolved. They examine ways that the narco-violence is affecting – and affected by – the United States. And they discuss how the U.S. press is covering the issue and what stories about Mexico we might be missing.

A panel of journalists who have covered Mexico will discuss their work and their observations. They will be joined by Harley Shaiken, chair of the Center for Latin American Studies at Berkeley, to go behind the headlines and talk about the political and economic forces shaping Mexico today.


Andrew Becker, Center for Investigative Reporting

Steve Fainaru, Washington Post

Susan Ferriss, Sacramento Bee

Moderated by Tyche Hendricks, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism


The event is jointly sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Graduate School of Journalism, both at UC Berkeley.