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, essayist
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, opinion 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's mother is a physician.[1] Her sister Michelle Ruby is a painter and muralist.[46]


  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. ^ Tang, Terry (June 16, 2021). "Jean Guerrero to join The Times as an Op-Ed columnist". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Combs, Seth (2017-11-15). "Best of San Diego 2017: People | Jean Guerrero". San Diego CityBeat. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  6. ^ a b "San Diego reporter Jean Guerrero takes $10,000 PEN/FUSION Prize for "Crux" - PEN America". PEN America. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  7. ^ Castañeda, Jean Guerrero, Leo. "America's Wall". KPBS Public Media. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  8. ^ "The Best American Essays 2019 | HMH Books". Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  9. ^ Guerrero, Jean (March 10, 2011). "Illegal Crop Is Swapped for Legal One in Mexico". The Wall Street Journal.
  10. ^ Guerrero, Jean (May 23, 2013). "Mining Stirs Tensions in Mexico". The Wall Street Journal.
  11. ^ "Jean Guerrero". Public Radio International. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  12. ^ "Jean Guerrero | Staff | KPBS". Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  13. ^ "Shutdown of U.S.-Mexico border leaves migrants in limbo and in danger". PBS NewsHour. 2020-03-26. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  14. ^ "Refugee kids in California say discrimination at school is getting worse". Public Radio International. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  15. ^ ""Hatemonger": Author Jean Guerrero on Stephen Miller, Trump's White Nationalist Immigration Henchman". democracynow. org. Retrieved 2021-03-24.
  16. ^ "Are asylum seeking families being separated when they cross the border legally?". Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  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.
  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.
  22. ^ "My Father Says He's a 'Targeted Individual.' Maybe We All Are". Wired. October 25, 2018.
  23. ^ "Jean Guerrero". The Daily Beast.
  24. ^ "Jean Guerrero, Contributor". The Nation.
  25. ^ Guerrero, Jean (April 20, 2021). "Biden's shift on the border wall is a deadly mistake". Los Angeles Times.
  26. ^ Guerrero, Jean (May 17, 2021). "Santa Monica was never a progressive bastion for Latinos". Los Angeles Times.
  27. ^ Guerrero, Jean (June 9, 2021). "What Kamala Harris' callous message to migrants really means". Los Angeles Times.
  28. ^ a b "Jean Guerrero - Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau". Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  29. ^ Englund, Molly (2017-08-16). "Jean Guerrero M.F.A. '15". Goucher Magazine. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  30. ^ "One World authors".
  31. ^ "Crux by Jean Guerrero: 9780399592393 | Books". Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  32. ^ "Review: "A Mexican American daughter's search for her father's sanity"". The Washington Post. August 24, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-09-28. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  33. ^ Guerrero, Jean (2018-07-17). Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-399-59240-9.
  34. ^ "Books for Course Adoption from HarperCollins Publishers". HarperAcademic.
  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.
  36. ^ "KPBS Journalist Jean Guerrero Traces Family History In New Memoir 'Crux'". KPBS Public Media. July 17, 2018.
  37. ^ ""Hatemonger": Author Jean Guerrero on Stephen Miller, Trump's White Nationalist Immigration Henchman". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  38. ^ "Book Nook: Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda, by Jean Guerrero". WYSO. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  39. ^ "Who's 'Hatemonger' in chief? Stephen Miller's biographer explains Trump's true believer". Los Angeles Times. 2020-08-27. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  40. ^ "'Hatemonger' Paints Trump Advisor Stephen Miller As A 'Case Study In Radicalization'". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  41. ^ Lozada, Carlos. "Review | How Stephen Miller went from teen troll to Trump whisperer". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  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.
  43. ^ "Jean Guerrero M.F.A. '15 Takes Home an Emmy". Goucher College. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  45. ^ sdspjeditor (2019-06-24). "Jean Guerrero, our 2019 Journalist of the Year". San Diego Society of Professional Journalists. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  46. ^ "Home | Mrbbaby Art". Mrbbaby. Retrieved 2020-03-29.