S. Lynne Walker is the president and executive director of InquireFirst and co-founder of Historias Sin Fronteras, which was established in 2019 to provide reporting grants to science, health and environment writers in Latin America. She is also co-founder of En Común: Conocimiento en Voz Viva [In Common: Knowledge from Shared Voices], a Spanish-language radio program that reports on science, health and the environment for rural and indigenous audiences in Latin America.
Lynne is a Pulitzer Prize finalist who spent much of her career reporting from Mexico, where she served as Mexico City Bureau Chief from 1992 to 2008 for San Diego, Calif.-based Copley News Service.
Her four-part series on a small Illinois town transformed by immigration, “Beardstown: Reflection of a Changing America,” was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting. She was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2005 for her outstanding coverage of Latin America.
As president and executive director of InquireFirst, which she founded in 2016, Lynne continues to travel to Latin America to work with colleagues on new ways to produce in-depth reporting on science, health and the environment and conduct investigative reporting. She has instructed Spanish-language journalism workshops in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Ecuador. She also founded Bajo la Lupa, a grant program to support investigative reporting in Latin America.
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