editor-in-chief, Periódico El Economista, Mexico City
Mercado Sánchez was born in Fresnillo, Mexico in the state of Zacatecas and earned her bachelor’s degree in communications science, majoring in journalism and advertising, at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, in Guadalajara, Mexico. She has worked at El Economista in Mexico City, Mexico’s leading business and finance newspaper, since 1991. She began as an industry and commerce reporter, covering meetings that led to the North American Free Trade Agreement; then, as a finance reporter she wrote about Mexico’s impending recession. Next she led El Economista and Mexico’s first fax news service in English before becoming editor of the newspaper’s Industry and Commerce Section. As editor of the Politics and Society section, she led coverage leading up to the 2000 presidential elections, the first time in 72 years when the opposition parties in Mexico stood a chance of winning. Since 1998, she has been editor-in-chief – one of very few women editors running a major newspaper in Mexico. She was a Ford Foundation Visiting Media Fellow at Duke University in North Carolina in 1995, was selected as Best Professor at the Carlos Septien Garcia Journalism School in Mexico City in 2001 and has led workshops on the role of women in the news media and crisis management. Her interest in the correct use of Spanish by the news media has spurred her to participate in three World Congresses held by the Academy of the Spanish Language.
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