Stephanie Elizondo Griest at the 2008 Texas Book Festival
(1974-06-06) June 6, 1974 (age 40) Corpus Christi, Texas
Author, Traveling Journalist, College Professor at University of North Carolina
Stephanie Elizondo Griest (born June 6, 1974) is a Chicana author and activist from South Texas. Her books include Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, 2004), 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers' Tales, 2007), and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines (Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster, 2008). She has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Latina Magazine, and numerous Travelers' Tales anthologies. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, she has explored 29 countries and once spent a year driving 45,000 miles across the United States, documenting its history for a website for kids called The Odyssey. A 2005 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, she is currently a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute and a Board Member of the National Coalition Against Censorship. She recently won the 2007 Richard Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting for her work on Mexico.