I’m Eileen Truax, journalist, writer and immigrant.
I was born in beautiful Mexico City, where I earned a BA in Social Communication, an MA in Communication and Politics, and where I started working as a journalist. For nearly 10 years I covered political issues and social movements in my hometown, including five years as a local correspondent at the Federal Congress.
In 2004 I moved to Los Angeles, the second city with the highest number of Mexicans in the world. For six years I was a reporter for La Opinion newspaper, the largest Spanish-language daily in the country, and in 2010 I was appointed Online Editor for impreMedia, the company that owns La Opinion and five other Spanish-language publications in the US. From 2012 to 2104 I was Officer At-Large, Spanish Language, for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Los Angeles (NAHJ-LA).
For eleven years I have specialized as an Immigration and Mexican communities journalist; I had the opportunity to cover the historic U.S. presidential election on 2008 and the role of the Hispanic community in this process. In my time living in the United Sates, I have discovered the Mexican, Central and South American immigrant communities, who succeed in a new country and in another language; who become an important part of the gears of the most powerful country in the world, but at the same time, with great generosity, keep helping those left behind in their own hometowns.
I’m contributor to several Spanish-language publications both in the U.S. and in Mexico, such as Hoy Los Ángeles, El Universal, Proceso magazine and Gatopardo magazine, among others. I’m a member of Cuadernos. Colectivo de Cronistas Iberoamericanos, and I’m co-founder and producer at Malaespina Producciones.
Dreamers, An Immigrant Generation’s Fight for Their American Dream, is my first book. Currently I’m working on a second book about exiled Mexicans in the U.S. due to the violence in Mexico.