Journalist Mirta Ojito on her book Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town
Host Sarika Mehta interviews journalist and author Mirta Ojito about her most recent book Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town, In November of 2008, which looks at the case of Marcelo Lucero, a
thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was brutally attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of Patchogue, a quiet Long Island town.
Mirta Ojito, a reporter since 1987, has worked for The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, and, from 1996 to 2002, for The New York Times, where she covered immigration, among other beats, for the Metro Desk. She has received numerous awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editor’s writing award for best foreign reporting in 1999 for a series of articles about life in Cuba, and a shared Pulitzer for national reporting in 2001 for a New York Times series of articles about race in America.
Ojito is also the author of Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus. Her work has been included in several anthologies includingTo Mend the World: Women Reflect on 9/11, Written into History: Pulitzer Prize Reporting of the Twentieth Century from The New York Times, and How Race is Lived in America.