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A fluent Spanish speaker, she was a Phoenix New Times staff writer for fourteen years. She’s written for The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Slate, Village Voice, The Guardian, High Country News, Arizona Highways, Phoenix New Times, The Arizona Republic, Salon.com and many other publications. Her work was selected for inclusion in Longform.org and the Investigative Reporters and Editors website.
Named Arizona’s Journalist of the Year three times, she’s received more than fifty international, national, and regional journalism awards. They include a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for a story on immigration restrictionism that was part of a larger series, a National Association of Black Journalists First Place in Feature Writing, and a Society of Professional Journalists Silver Key Award for twenty-five years of notable journalism.
She’s the author of Illegal, Life and Death in Arizona’s Immigration War Zone, published by Globe Pequot Press in 2010 and is coauthoring a book slated to be published by the University of California Press in 2010. The book examines Arizona's role in the incubation of the wave of twenty-first century immigration restrictionist policies, and the lessons Arizona can teach the nation about getting past it.
Greene Sterling has taught narrative nonfiction for fifteen years at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the Cronkite School, Arizona State University, where she is writer-in-residence and affiliated faculty. She’s also directed the Borderlands vertical for Cronkite News, and has taught Magazine Writing, Reporting, Sustainability Writing, Depth Reporting and Food and Media.