melissa del bosque

Melissa del Bosque is a Lannan reporting fellow with Type Investigations. She has written about the U.S.-Mexico border since 1998 for various media outlets, including the Guardian, and Time. Her work has also been featured on Democracy Now!, PBS, MSNBC, BBC, and NPR. She has reported on topics including border militarization, economic inequality, the plight of unaccompanied migrant children in Mexico, and asylum seekers in the United States. She is also the author of Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty (Ecco).

In 2016, del Bosque won the Hillman Prize for her investigative feature “Death on Sevenmile Road” about the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2015 del Bosque’s four-part series with the Guardian on migrant deaths in South Texas won an Emmy and a National Magazine Award. Her 2012 investigative feature about massacres in the Juarez Valley, Mexico, was a National Magazine Award finalist and won awards from both the Association of Alternative News Media and the Pan American Health Organization. She has also been honored with the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism from the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland.

Recent Work

The Surge

The Surge

How Texas’ decade-long border security operation has turned South Texas into one of the most heavily policed and surveilled places in the nation.

Lawman’s Burden

Lawman’s Burden

A south Texas sheriff’s department with dwindling resources struggles to cope with a growing immigration crisis.

“A Cemetery for Our People”

“A Cemetery for Our People”

A Guatemalan diplomat struggles to save her countrymen in south Texas and nearly loses herself.

‘We Are Disposable’

‘We Are Disposable’

Twenty years after NAFTA, the plight of Mexican maquiladora workers like Rosa Moreno has worsened.

Homeland Insecurity

Homeland Insecurity

How to run drugs, smuggle migrants, and get away with it at America’s biggest law enforcement agency.

Death on Sevenmile Road

Death on Sevenmile Road

As border security build-up in Texas intensified, two brothers paid a smuggler to bring them to the United States. Only one lived to tell their story.

Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness

To comply with US immigration law, Exelina Hernandez would have to risk her life.

“This Is Our Home”

“This Is Our Home”

With migrants streaming through south Texas, landowners are caught between protecting their property and saving lives.

Welcome to Kochworld

Welcome to Kochworld

To see how the Koch brothers’ free-market industry utopia operates, look no further than Corpus Christi, Texas, where the billionaires own two oil refineries.

Books
Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty

Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty

The riveting and suspenseful account of two young FBI agents in a pursuit of a drug cartel’s most fearsome leader, Miguel Treviño.

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