Mandalit del Barco

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Mandalit Del Barco (Spanish pronunciation: [mandaˈlið ðel ˈβarko]) is an award-winning general assignment reporter for National Public Radio (NPR) born in Lima, Peru. Her stories have been featured on NPR shows, including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition Saturday, and Day to Day. Del Barco has also been published in numerous anthologies.[1]

She began her career as a journalist for The Miami Herald and also spent time working for The Village Voice. She first began working in radio while in New York. She moved to Los Angeles in 1993 from New York City, where she was a reporter for WNYC.[1] Del Barco is known for her hypercorrect pronunciation of Spanish toponyms and proper names.

Del Barco spent the year of 1999–2000 living and working in her native Peru as a Fulbright Fellow and on a fellowship with the Knight International Centre for Journalists.[1][2] While there she worked on a documentary project about the rise and fall of Alberto Fujimori as well as gathering the stories of those internally displaced during Peru's internal conflicts.

Del Barco has had tremendous influence on many up-and-coming journalists.[3] She has been a student mentor on all of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and Unity student projects as well as mentoring young journalists outside this venue. At its 2015 annual conference, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) presented Del Barco with the Ruben Salazar Award for Communications,[4] citing among her achievements, her "empowering young female journalists".[5]

In 2012, she was chosen by the public as having the "Best Name In Public Radio" according to a poll conducted by NPR.[6]


  1. ^ a b c NPR Biography (accessed 2 December 2015)
  2. ^ "National Public Radio reporter takes listeners from 'Haiti to Hollywood'" at Utah State University's Hard News Café website (accessed 2 December 2015)
  3. ^ "From Haiti to Hollywood, NPR reporter covers the world", at Utah State University's Hard News Café website (accessed 2 December 2015)
  4. ^ 2015 Conference Awards - Kansas City", at NCLR website (accessed 2 December 2015).
  5. ^ "Latino Journalists win big, KCRW names Radio Race, and more pubmedia awards" by Henry Schneider,, Sept. 14, 2015 (accessed 2 December 2015)..
  6. ^ "The Best Name In Public Radio: Mandalit Del Barco", on NPR website (accessed 2 December 2015).

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