Jun 14, 2014

El Paso journalist and author is honored today

El Paso journalist to be honored

By Kelly McKenzie

EL PASO, TEXAS -- Ms. Diana Washington Valdez will be recognized at today's session of the International Wise Latinas summit in El Paso, Texas, along with other stellar Latinas. The conference is taking place at the Camino Real Hotel in El Paso.

Here is a bio that lists some of her accomplishments


Diana Washington Valdez is a journalist, educator, author and poet based in El Paso, Texas. She is co-founder of Journalists for Justice, and has conducted workshops for U.S. and foreign journalists. She wrote The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women, a 2006 book about women’s murders and drug corruption in Juarez, Mexico. Her El Paso Times series "Death Stalks the Border” which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and received a First Place Award from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association.

The documentary “Border Echoes” by Lorena Mendez-Quiroga features her Juarez investigation. She’s traveled to more than 30 cities in North America and Europe to speak about her work, and has received numerous national and international awards and recognitions. She has collaborated with dozens of U.S. and international publications, films and documentaries on topics related to drug violence, human trafficking and violence against women. A political science teacher, she is busy at work on the forthcoming books Mexican Roulette: Last Cartel Standing and The Desert Killer (with Trish Long) and other projects.