Welcome to ChristaReynolds.com. I am a journalist and a photographer with a strong background in international studies. Take a few minutes to exploring this blog and seeing some examples of my work.
Here’s a bit about me: After graduating with Honors from the University of Chicago (International Studies), I spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, living in south-eastern Morocco. While in Morocco, I studied Moroccan Arabic and Berber, the traditional language of the people with whom I worked, along with teaching English classes for people of all ages. During my time in Morocco, I worked closely with my community members to create programs tailored to their needs, such as a women’s aerobics class, writing a grant to purchase computers for the youth center, and helping high school students prepare for their baccalaureate exams.
After I completed my time in the Peace Corps, I moved to Tucson where I enrolled as a dual master’s candidate in Journalism and Latin American Studies. The programs and the location of the school exposed me to both academic study of the U.S-Mexico border and the effects of migration and immigration policies on the area and to firsthand experience working as a border journalist, reporting in both Mexico and the United States.
For my master’s thesis, I conducted an extensive content analysis of newspaper coverage of Latin American children’s migration to the United States during the summer of 2014. This time period saw both unusually high numbers of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and also very extensive press coverage. My thesis is available on ProQuest and I am currently working on some articles related to these topics.
Please take a few minutes exploring this blog and don’t hesitate to comment if you have questions or notes about any of my articles, photos or videos. Enjoy!
– Christa Reynolds