Valeria Fernández, Lecturer



Valeria Fernández is an independent journalist from Uruguay with more than 14 years of experience as a bilingual documentary producer and reporter on Arizona’s immigrant community and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

Her award-winning, independent reporting has focused on topics ranging from migrant kidnappings to racial profiling. She freelances for a number of print, digital and broadcast media outlets, including CNN Español, CNN International, Radio Bilingue, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera, Discovery Spanish and The Associated Press. Fernández started her career on 2003 for the Gannet-owned La Voz newspaper.

A year later, she was named “Latina Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Hispanic Publications. She’s won over 25 awards for her work in both print Spanish and English media as well as multimedia projects in the past 14 years. She co-directed and produced the documentary, "Two Americans,” that parallels the stories of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a 9-year-old U.S. citizen whose parents were arrested by the sheriff’s deputies during a workplace immigration raid. The film won the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Arizona International Film Festival in 2012. She was a co-director in the international award-winning web documentary “Connected Walls,” about life along the U.S.-Mexico and Morocco-Spain borderlands that won the Belgium Millennium International Documentary Festival in 2015.

As a producer and reporter for the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, she worked on a project that cast light on the economic and social impacts of a mine spill in Northern Mexico that broadcast on PBS San Diego. The multimedia project won an Arizona Press Club recognition for environmental reporting and a first-place award at the Arizona Newspapers Association. She is a former fellow of the "Bringing Home the World" fellowship of the International Center for Journalists were she worked on a project about the incarceration of Central-American children in Mexico’s detention centers.