«Class of 2005

Susan Ferriss

Mexico correspondent, Cox Newspapers

Ferriss was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Virginia, on air force bases in Japan and California and in the suburbs of New York City. She attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and University of California at Berkeley, where she also earned a master’s degree in journalism. She freelanced in Central America for a time during the Contra war and at Berkeley she produced “The Golden Cage,” a documentary film on immigrant farm workers. Her daily journalism work started at the Monterey Herald, where she covered farm labor, and next at the San Francisco Examiner. In 1997, she co-wrote “The Fight in the Fields,” a biography of labor organizer Cesar Chavez. She has been the Cox Newspapers correspondent based in Mexico City since the summer of 1997. Her 2003 series on failed economic reforms in Mexico won an award for best reporting on inter-American relations from the Inter-American Press Association and best reporting in Latin America from the Overseas Press Club Award in 2004. 

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