Jean Guerrero

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Jean Guerrero
Guerrero at the 2018 Texas Book Festival
Guerrero at the 2018 Texas Book Festival
Born (1988-03-31) March 31, 1988 (age 34)
San Diego, California, U.S.
OccupationInvestigative journalist, author, essayist, columnist
Alma mater
Notable works
  • Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir
  • Hatemonger

Jean Carolyn Guerrero (born March 31, 1988)[1] is an American investigative journalist,[2][3] author, essayist, columnist[4] and former foreign correspondent.[5] She is the author of Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir, winner of the PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize,[6] and Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda, published in 2020 by William Morrow. Guerrero's KPBS series America's Wall[7] 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.[8]


From 2010 to 2013 Guerrero was a Mexico City bureau correspondent for The Wall Street Journal[9][10] and Dow Jones Newswires, reporting on Mexico and Central America.[11] She was an investigative reporter for KPBS in San Diego from 2015 to 2019.[12] Guerrero is a regular contributor to NPR, PBS NewsHour[13] and PRI's The World,[14] with appearances on Democracy Now!,[15] MSNBC[16] and CBC[17] among others. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times,[18][19] the Columbia Journalism Review,[20] Vanity Fair,[21] Wired,[22] The Daily Beast,[23] The Nation[24] and other outlets. Guerrero is an opinion columnist for the Los Angeles Times.[25][26][27]


Guerrero graduated from The Bishop's School (La Jolla), received a B.A. in journalism with a minor in neuroscience from the University of Southern California[28] and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Goucher College.[28][29]

Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir[edit]

Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir was published in 2018 by One World:[30] Random House.[31] Reviewed as "a gracefully written and nuanced memoir"[32] 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.[33]

Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda[edit]

Hatemonger was published by William Morrow: HarperCollins in 2020. "An unsparing portrait of the young architect of Trumpian nationalism," per Kirkus Reviews, "carefully documented and persuasive. A readable study in the banality of evil, even if it comes clothed in bespoke suits." Author Francisco Cantú reviewed Hatemonger as "A vital book for understanding the still-unfolding nightmare of nationalism and racism in the 21st century."[34]


  • Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir. One World, 2018. ISBN 9780399592393[35][36]
  • Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda. William Morrow, 2020. ISBN 9780062986719[37][38][39][40][41][42]


  • PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize for Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir[6]
  • Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter[43] 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[44]
  • San Diego Society of Professional Journalists 2019 Journalist of the Year[45]

Personal life[edit]

Guerrero lives in La Mesa, California.[46] Her mother is a physician,[1] and her sister Michelle Ruby is a painter and muralist.[47][48]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Wilkens, John. "Young writer chases her father's past in cross-border memoir". Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "Will Trump's wall ever be built?". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Why Tijuana's 'Tunnel People' Take The Risk". Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jean Guerrero – Los Angeles Times".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Combs, Seth (November 15, 2017). "Best of San Diego 2017: People | Jean Guerrero". San Diego CityBeat. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "San Diego reporter Jean Guerrero takes $10,000 PEN/FUSION Prize for "Crux" – PEN America". PEN America. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Castañeda, Jean Guerrero, Leo. "America's Wall". KPBS Public Media. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Best American Essays 2019 | HMH Books". Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  9. ^ Guerrero, Jean (March 10, 2011). "Illegal Crop Is Swapped for Legal One in Mexico". The Wall Street Journal.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Guerrero, Jean (May 23, 2013). "Mining Stirs Tensions in Mexico". The Wall Street Journal.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Jean Guerrero". Public Radio International. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  12. ^ "Jean Guerrero | Staff | KPBS". Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  13. ^ "Shutdown of U.S.-Mexico border leaves migrants in limbo and in danger". PBS NewsHour. March 26, 2020. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  14. ^ "Refugee kids in California say discrimination at school is getting worse". Public Radio International. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  15. ^ ""Hatemonger": Author Jean Guerrero on Stephen Miller, Trump's White Nationalist Immigration Henchman". democracynow. org. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  16. ^ "Are asylum seeking families being separated when they cross the border legally?". Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  17. ^ "What happened in Orlando Tuesday night – inside and outside the launch of Trump 2020". June 6, 2019.
  18. ^ "The Border Realities Beneath the Fury". The New York Times. April 22, 2019.
  19. ^ Guerrero, Jean (January 23, 2021). "Biden Must Reckon With Obama-Era Immigration Mistakes". The New York Times.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ "California: Latino voter apathy reflects disconnected media". Columbia Journalism Review. November 1, 2018.
  21. ^ Guerrero, Jean (August 7, 2020). "He Always Had an Axe to Grind: How Stephen Miller Molded the GOP to His Anti-Immigration Agenda". Vanity Fair.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ "My Father Says He's a 'Targeted Individual.' Maybe We All Are". Wired. October 25, 2018.
  23. ^ "Jean Guerrero". The Daily Beast.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ "Jean Guerrero, Contributor". The Nation.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  25. ^ Tang, Terry (June 16, 2021). "Jean Guerrero to join The Times as an Op-Ed columnist". Los Angeles Times.
  26. ^ Guerrero, Jean (April 20, 2021). "Biden's shift on the border wall is a deadly mistake". Los Angeles Times.
  27. ^ Guerrero, Jean (May 17, 2021). "Santa Monica was never a progressive bastion for Latinos". Los Angeles Times.
  28. ^ a b "Jean Guerrero – Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau". Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  29. ^ Englund, Molly (August 16, 2017). "Jean Guerrero M.F.A. '15". Goucher Magazine. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  30. ^ "One World authors".
  31. ^ "Crux by Jean Guerrero: 9780399592393 | Books". Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  32. ^ "Review: "A Mexican American daughter's search for her father's sanity"". The Washington Post. August 24, 2018. Archived from the original on September 28, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  33. ^ Guerrero, Jean (July 17, 2018). Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-399-59240-9.
  34. ^ "Books for Course Adoption from HarperCollins Publishers". HarperAcademic.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  35. ^ Arjona, Melissa Arjona (July 20, 2018). "At the Borders, On the Margins: Jean Guerrero's "Crux" puts a reporter's lens on family and memory". Bitch Media.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  36. ^ "KPBS Journalist Jean Guerrero Traces Family History In New Memoir 'Crux'". KPBS Public Media. July 17, 2018.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  37. ^ ""Hatemonger": Author Jean Guerrero on Stephen Miller, Trump's White Nationalist Immigration Henchman". Democracy Now!. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  38. ^ "Book Nook: Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda, by Jean Guerrero". WYSO. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  39. ^ "Who's 'Hatemonger' in chief? Stephen Miller's biographer explains Trump's true believer". Los Angeles Times. August 27, 2020. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  40. ^ "'Hatemonger' Paints Trump Advisor Stephen Miller As A 'Case Study In Radicalization'". Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  41. ^ Lozada, Carlos. "Review | How Stephen Miller went from teen troll to Trump whisperer". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  42. ^ "Hatemonger". C-SPAN. August 12, 2020. Investigative journalist Jean Guerrero reported on the life, career, and influence of Stephen Miller, senior adviser for policy to President Donald Trump. This virtual event was hosted by Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  43. ^ "Jean Guerrero M.F.A. '15 Takes Home an Emmy". Goucher College. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  45. ^ sdspjeditor (June 24, 2019). "Jean Guerrero, our 2019 Journalist of the Year". San Diego Society of Professional Journalists. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  46. ^ Wilkens, John (August 2, 2020). "Local author's book asks: What makes Trump immigration aide Stephen Miller tick?". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  47. ^ Combs, Seth (October 31, 2021). "Meet artist Michelle Guerrero: Beautifying the walls of San Diego and beyond". The San Diego Union Tribune.
  48. ^ "Home | Mrbbaby Art". Mrbbaby. Retrieved March 29, 2020.