Sandra Rodríguez, Mexico
2011 Knight International Journalism Award
Sandra Rodríguez Nieto
El Diario de Juárez, Mexico
She has also reported on the organizational structure of the competing drug cartels and their ability to evade law enforcement. Rodríguez created databases to analyze the murders in Juárez in 2008 and 2009. She found that most of the victims were teens and young people from the poorest neighborhoods—and not drug cartel members as Mexican officials claimed. Her analysis showed that 98 percent of the victims were unarmed and 97 percent of the killings were unsolved.
In 2010, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo presented her with the Reporteros Del Mundo award for her outstanding work covering a conflict zone. That same year, she made the Los Angeles Times’ Media Hero list for reporting in one of the most dangerous cities on earth. Rodríguez studied communication sciences at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua in Juárez and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso.