Jean Guerrero

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Jean Guerrero
Guerrero at the 2018 Texas Book Festival
Guerrero at the 2018 Texas Book Festival
BornMarch 31, 1988
San Diego, California, U.S.
OccupationInvestigative journalist, author
Alma mater
Notable works
  • Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir
  • Hatemonger (August 2020)

Jean Carolyn Guerrero (born March 31, 1988)[1] is an investigative journalist,[2][3] author and former foreign correspondent.[4] She is the author of Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir (2018, One World: Random House),[5] winner of the PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize.[6][7] Guerrero's KPBS series America’s Wall[8] won an Emmy Award. Her essay "My Father Says He's a 'Targeted Individual.' Maybe We All Are" was selected for The Best American Essays anthology of 2019.[9]


From 2010 to 2013 Guerrero was a Mexico City bureau correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, reporting on Mexico and Central America.[10] Since 2015 she has been an investigative reporter for KPBS in San Diego.[11] Guerrero is a regular contributor to NPR, PBS NewsHour[12] and PRI's The World,[13] with appearances on MSNBC[14] and CBC[15] among others. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times,[16] Columbia Journalism Review[17], Wired[18] magazine and other outlets.


Guerrero received a B.A. in journalism with a minor in neuroscience from the University of Southern California[19] and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Goucher College.[19]

Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir[edit]

Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir was published in 2018 by One World:[20] Random House.[21] Reviewed as "a gracefully written and nuanced memoir"[22] in The Washington Post, the book is an exploration of borders, Guerrero's father, and Guerrero's own sense of self.[1] The book is divided into seven segments corresponding to parts of the K'iche' Maya creation story in the Popul Vuh.[23]


  • PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize for Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir[7]
  • Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter[24] for the series America's Wall
  • San Diego Press Club Excellence In Journalism Award for Investigative Reporting: Investors in Donald Trump's Failed Mexico Resort Speak Out[25]
  • San Diego Society of Professional Journalists 2019 Journalist of the Year[26]

Personal life[edit]

Guerrero's mother is a physician.[1] Her sister Michelle Ruby is a painter and muralist.[27]


  1. ^ a b c Wilkens, John. "Young writer chases her father's past in cross-border memoir". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  2. ^ "Will Trump's wall ever be built?". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  3. ^ "Why Tijuana's 'Tunnel People' Take The Risk". Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  4. ^ Combs, Seth (2017-11-15). "Best of San Diego 2017: People | Jean Guerrero". San Diego CityBeat. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  5. ^ "Jean Guerrero's "Crux" Puts a Reporter's Lens on Family, Memory, and Culture". Bitch Media. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  6. ^ Cavanaugh, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen. "KPBS Journalist Jean Guerrero Traces Family History In New Memoir 'Crux'". KPBS Public Media. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  7. ^ a b "San Diego reporter Jean Guerrero takes $10,000 PEN/FUSION Prize for "Crux" - PEN America". PEN America. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  8. ^ Castañeda, Jean Guerrero, Leo. "America's Wall". KPBS Public Media. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  9. ^ "The Best American Essays 2019 | HMH Books". Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  10. ^ "Jean Guerrero". Public Radio International. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  11. ^ "Jean Guerrero | Staff | KPBS". Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  12. ^ "Shutdown of U.S.-Mexico border leaves migrants in limbo and in danger". PBS NewsHour. 2020-03-26. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  13. ^ "Refugee kids in California say discrimination at school is getting worse". Public Radio International. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  14. ^ "Are asylum seeking families being separated when they cross the border legally?". Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  15. ^ "What happened in Orlando Tuesday night - inside and outside the launch of Trump 2020". June 6, 2019.
  16. ^ "The Border Realities Beneath the Fury". The New York Times. April 22, 2019.
  17. ^ "California: Latino voter apathy reflects disconnected media". Columbia Journalism Review. November 1, 2018.
  18. ^ "My Father Says He's a 'Targeted Individual.' Maybe We All Are". Wired. October 25, 2018.
  19. ^ a b "Jean Guerrero - Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau". Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  20. ^ "One World authors".
  21. ^ "Crux by Jean Guerrero: 9780399592393 | Books". Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  22. ^ "Review: "A Mexican American daughter's search for her father's sanity"". The Washington Post via August 24, 2018.
  23. ^ Guerrero, Jean (2018-07-17). Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-399-59240-9.
  24. ^ "Jean Guerrero M.F.A. '15 Takes Home an Emmy". Goucher College. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  26. ^ sdspjeditor (2019-06-24). "Jean Guerrero, our 2019 Journalist of the Year". San Diego Society of Professional Journalists. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  27. ^ "Home | Mrbbaby Art". Mrbbaby. Retrieved 2020-03-29.