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Who is Sonia Nazario?

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Who is Sonia Nazario?


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Who is Sonia Nazario?

  • Sonia Nazario was born on September 8, 1960, in Madison, Wisconsin to Argentine Immigrants. Her mother Carla, was born in Poland and fled to Argentina during WW2 to escape persecution. Her father Mahafud, was born in Argentina and is of Syrian descent. Her parents immigrated to the United States in 1960, the year she was born.

Sonia’s Early Life

  • Sonia actually grew up in both Kansas and Argentina but she permanently moved to the US during the ‘Dirty War’ occurring in Argentina. Nazario is a graduate of Williams College and holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She received an honorary doctorate in 2010 from Mount St. Mary’s College.

Sonia’s Life As A Journalist

  • In 1993, Sonia left the New York Times for a second time and joined the Los Angeles Times to write about social issues, including ones that dealt with Latinos and Latin America. That following year, she even won the George Pols Award for local reporting for a series about hunger among schoolchildren in California. She has also written about these social issues for more than two decades and is of being the youngest writer to be hired by the Wall Street Journal.

Enrique’s Journey

  • Enrique’s Journey talks about the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, going throughout Mexico and the United States, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States to send money back home. Sonia Nazario delves inside the world of millions of immigrant women who have come to the U.S. as single mothers, and the children they have left behind in their home countries in Central America and Mexico.
  • Enrique’s Journey ended up being a HUGE success for Sonia Nazario. It became a national bestseller and has been published in 8 different languages! It has also been adopted by 54 universities and scores of high schools nationwide as their “freshman read” or “all-campus read.”

Pulitzer Prize

  • Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger presents Sonia Nazario with the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. In 1998, Sonia was actually a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for her story about what life was like for the children of drug addicts in ‘Orphans of Addiction’.

Sonia’s Journey To Success, The Where

  • Nazario reflects on how winning the Pulitzer Prize has provided her with an incredible platform to discuss immigration issues. The Pulitzer has influenced her evolution over the past decade as a journalist and most importantly, as an activist. Sonia states the Pulitzer Prize gave her a platform.
  • Sonia spent nearly 4 years reporting and writing Enrique’s journey. After doing months of research, Sonia met the books 17 yr. old protagonist, Enrique, an undocumented immigrant, at a shelter for immigrants in Nuevo Laredo. Sonia spent 3 months riding on top of these trains to tell Enrique’s Story. She also discussed the role of determination in her own lie as well as well in the lives of the migrants she wrote about. It’s amazing how she uses her journey to connect with these people as well, she understands their struggle of coming to a country you know nothing about.
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