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María Méndez

Border & Business Reporter, Laredo

María Méndez reports for Texas Public Radio from the city of Laredo where she covers business and border issues from an area that is now the nation’s top trade hub. Her position is made possible by Report For America — a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. 

Before joining TPR, she reported on Texas' diverse communities and tumultuous politics through internships at the Austin American-Statesman, The Texas Tribune and, most recently, The Dallas Morning News. She also participated in NPR’s Next Generation Radio program while studying at the University of Texas at Austin. 

At UT, she wrote for The Daily Texan and helped launch diversity initiatives, including two collaborative series on undocumented and first-generation college students. One of her stories for these series won an award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is a native of Guanajuato, Mexico but grew up in Central Texas.