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You’ve seen the pictures

September 28, 2015

The little boy’s body washed up on the beach, the exhausted men and women, old and young, sleeping on the streets of European cities.  Millions of people around the world are on the move. They’re fleeing war, violence and desperate poverty.

And it’s not just Europe, Africa and the Middle East where this is happening.

On our southern border, every day, a human drama plays out, as Central Americans and Mexicans try desperately to cross into the US.

If you’ve ever wondered why people risk their lives – and their children’s lives –

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Conversation with Jimmy Alvarado

May 24, 2015

Jimmy Alvarado: My country is like one of the five most violent countries in the world according to the United Nations. Right now, we are like one of the five places most violent in the world. In this country, there are some places where nothing happens; there is little violence. Last year, those five places didn’t have any homicide. In El Salvador, we have 262 municipalities. Last year we had 50 cities without homicide. We basically picked five cities (they are like villages really) that were in a corridor that connects to Honduras.

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Round Earth Media wins a Peabody Award!

April 20, 2015


Round Earth Media has been awarded a 2014 Peabody for our reporting from Honduras.
In October 2014, after months of intense planning, we sent Marlon Bishop, a brilliant young reporter with Latino USA, to Honduras. His assignment: to investigate why so many Hondurans – more than any other group- were fleeing their country and migrating north.
Staying true to our model of pairing early-career US journalists with their counterparts in the country we’re reporting from, we introduced Marlon to three young Honduran journalists: German Andino,

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An urgency for overseas correspondents

April 3, 2015

As US newsroom budgets shrink, and overseas correspondents are recalled or let go, Round Earth’s ability to get US reporters into the field to bring little-known stories to American audiences is increasingly urgent.

More surprising is the fact that we perform a similar role in the very countries we are report on. Francisco Rodriguez de Leon, a features editor at Guatemala’s El Periodico, recently finished reporting on several issues for Round Earth Media, including the link between school attendance and migration, refugees of rural machismo,

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The price of fear

March 19, 2015

The article and photos were originally published with Vice.

January 26, 2015

by Germán Andino

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Sagrario waits for us in the darkness of her room in a neighborhood market in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. She prays for our lives and asks God that our meeting is fruitful while hiding her legs, numb from polio, under a cushion. Her sister, who will be present throughout the interview, is responsible for security here: she came to get us at the neighborhood’s entrance to bring us to the family’s house,

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Hello, I'm Calling From La Mafia

December 19, 2014




By Marlon Bishop

This story originally appeared on the Planet Money podcast Episode 589 on December 12, 2014. Link HERE

Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. Jobs that seem dull and safe in most countries have become incredibly dangerous professions in Honduras. For example: Driving a bus.

On today’s show: what it’s like to live and work in the most dangerous country in the world.

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Behind the scenes from our journalists in Honduras!

November 21, 2014






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Locals say checkpoints along Mexico's southern border mean endless commutes and shake-downs

October 28, 2014


Zahit Salazar rises extra early on the days she goes to market. It used to take the 78-year-old a few hours to get from her house in

Now, it can take all day — because of the checkpoints. She has to pass through at least 10 of them from five different government agencies.

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From our NextGens on the ground in Honduras

October 24, 2014

NextGen Marlon Bishop reports back from Honduras: “Day 2 and already this is an amazing and fruitful trip. My partners are brilliant, brave, and easy-going, and Radio Progreso is a truly remarkable operation, doing so much with few resources.”








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These Salvadoran parents detail their sons' harrowing journey to meet them in the US

August 19, 2014

Reporter Jennifer Collins

August 18, 2014 · 6:15 PM EDT

This story originally appeared on PRI’s The World. Click HERE to hear it.

Credit: Courtesy of Pablo and Maria

Pabloand Maria sent for their two sons, 11-year-old Juan and 9-year-old PabloJr. They were detained in Texas and transferred to a few centers along the southwest before they were sent to a shelter for unaccompanied minors in Miami and then reunited with their parents in Maryland.

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