Perla Arellano

Perla Arellano was a reporter and editor at the Knight Center. She previously worked as a bilingual and multimedia journalist at ¡Ahora Sí!, the Spanish-language newspaper with the Austin American-Statesman. She covered an array of topics including immigration, grassroots activism and education. She was a recipient of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors first place for Spanish-language news for her coverage of DACA. Thanks to an amazing fellowship provided by the International Women’s Media Foundation in 2018, she wrote about Guadalajara’s tech sector and about the women advocating for their labor rights in the maquiladoras (foreign-owned factories). She graduated with a A.S., Mass Communications from Amarillo College and later with a B.J., Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Perla Arellano fue una periodista y editora del Centro Knight para el Periodismo en las Américas. Anteriormente, trabajó como periodista bilingüe y multimedia en ¡Ahora Sí!, el semanario en español del diario Austin American-Statesman. Cubrió una serie de temas incluyendo asuntos comunitarios, inmigración, activismo y educación. Recibió el primer lugar del premio Texas Associated Press Managing Editors por su cobertura en español de DACA. Gracias a una beca otorgada por la International Women’s Media Foundation en 2018, escribió sobre el sector tecnológico de Guadalajara, México, y sobre los esfuerzos de trabajadoras para defender sus derechos laborales en las maquiladoras (fábricas de propietarios extranjeros). Se graduó de Amarillo College como A.S. en Comunicaciones y luego se graduó en Periodismo en la Universidad de Texas en Austin.

Perla Arellano era uma repórter e editora do Centro Knight. Anteriormente, trabalhou como jornalista bilíngue e multimídia no ¡Ahora Sí !, que era o jornal em espanhol do Austin American-Statesman, maior jornal diário de Austin. Ela cobriu uma variedade de tópicos, incluindo imigração, ativismo popular e educação. Pela sua cobertura do DACA, ela recebeu o primeiro lugar do Texas Associated Press Managing Editors para notícias em espanhol. Graças a uma bolsa de estudos fornecida pela International Women's Media Foundation em 2018, ela escreveu sobre o setor de tecnologia de Guadalajara e sobre as mulheres que defendem seus direitos trabalhistas nas maquiladoras (fábricas de propriedade estrangeira). Ela se formou Associate of Science em Comunicação de Massa no Amarillo College e é graduada em Jornalismo na Universidade do Texas em Austin.

Recent Articles

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