Marlon Bishop is a producer at Latino USA, and has been reporting on Latin American issues for many years. He was in Arizona earlier this summer on a Round Earth Media reporting trip with Alicia Fernandez, a Juarez-based editorial producer. Marlon’s previous reporting trip with Round Earth Media resulted in the Peabody-winning piece “Gangs, Murder, and Migration in Honduras.”
How was reporting in Arizona different from reporting in Honduras?
The exchange that happens between the reporters is different. I brought my perspective to their countries and their situations, and they brought this very local knowledge, and in a way that was flipped around this time. I’d never been to the southwest, but overall, it was within the U.S. context. And it was interesting for Alicia, who’s worked on the drug war and on so many things related to the border region, for her to be in the U.S. and look at these issues from the other side. Meeting some of these American artists, who are so dedicated and so compassionate to the cause of helping bring attention to Mexican migrants was very impactful for her.
And for me, it was very intense to be in the desert, this environment I’d never been in before,that blazing heat, 115 degrees or whatever.