Jorge Luis Sierra

Knight International Journalism Fellow, Panama

Jorge Luis Sierra is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who is leading an investigative journalism project on crime and corruption in Panama. Promoted publicly through a collaborative group of newspapers and television stations, the site highlights reports sent in by readers and viewers to identify trends in an area rife with organized crime.

Sierra is an award-winning Mexican investigative reporter and editor. Based in Edinburg, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border, he reports on Latino issues and a range of conflict-related topics such as drug trafficking, organized crime, counterinsurgency and gangs. Sierra, who covered the war in Iraq in 2003, has worked as an editor and a writer for the Hispanic newspapers La Voz de Houston and Rumbo in Texas, and Qué Pasa in North Carolina. He also has worked for some of the most influential newspapers and magazines in Mexico, such as El Universal, Contralínea, Proceso, Reforma, El Independiente, Expansión, Siglo 21, and

Sierra studied international journalism at the University of Southern California; defense policy and economics at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University; psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico; and creative writing at the School of Writers in Mexico City. He authored the book "The Enemy Inside: Armed Forces and Counterinsurgency in Mexico," and has written chapters in several other books about national security issues.