Sonia Nazario
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  • "Your remarks far, far exceeded our expectations. I am sure that everyone in the audience learned a great deal, not only about the facts of immigration, but also about the people—and particularly the children—affected by the reality of crossing borders. As you no doubt could tell, many in the audience were emotional, and all were powerfully moved by your words.  I cannot think of a stronger way to have opened the full day of the conference. "
    -Harvard University

  • "Sonia Nazario's public program, 'Enrique’s Journey and America’s Immigration Dilemma' as well as her public policy class visit were extremely important for the student population at Dartmouth who are looking for an informed opinion on immigration into the United States in shaping their own outlooks. It was obvious from the number of students and community members asking questions after her personal and compelling lecture that the diverse audience was interested in her representation of immigration and potential reforms."
    -Dartmouth College

  • "Sonia was great! We had such a positive experience with her. Of course, she made everyone cry, but I think that's the point. Everyone was energized afterwards to make a difference and get involved."
    -University of Texas at Austin

  • "Nazario’s powerful writing illuminates one of the darkest stories in our country. This is outstanding journalism."
    -Isabel Allende

Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario has spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Her stories have tackled some of this country's most intractable problems: hunger, drug addiction, and immigration. To date, she is the youngest writer to have been hired by the Wall Street Journal.

She has won numerous national journalism and book awards. In 2003, her story of a Honduran boy's struggle to find his mother in the US, entitled Enrique's Journey, won more than a dozen awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

Expanded into a book, Enrique's Journey immediately became a national best-seller and won two major book awards. It was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, People, the Miami Herald, and the San Antonio Express-News. It has been translated into eight languages, and in 2010, Enrique's Journey was the second most chosen book for campus reads at universities across the country.

In 1998, Nazario was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on children of drug-addicted parents. In 1994, she won a George Polk Award for Local Reporting for a series about hunger among school children in California.

Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, where she reported from four bureaus: New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles.

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