María Méndez reports for Texas Public Radio from the border city of Laredo where she covers business issues from an area that is now the nation’s top trade hub. She knows Texas well. Mendez has reported on the state’s diverse communities and tumultuous politics through internships at the Austin American-Statesman, The Texas Tribune and The Dallas Morning News. She also participated in NPR’s Next Generation Radio program while studying at the University of Texas at Austin. At UT, she wrote for The Daily Texan and helped launch diversity initiatives, including two collaborative series on undocumented and first-generation college students. One of her stories for these series won an award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She has spent the last year reporting for The Dallas Morning News as a summer breaking news intern and then as a fellow in the paper’s capital bureau in Austin. She is a native of Guanajuato in Central Mexico.
Beat: Business issues in Laredo and other border areas
This Reporter is based in Laredo and covers business border issues. Earlier this year, Laredo overtook the Port of Los Angeles as the nation’s busiest trade hub. There are many stories to be told about our economy and how border and trade policy impacts people here and around the country. There are also issues that deserve more scrutiny, such as the movement of illicit drugs and human smuggling across the border.