Pilar Marrero is one of the foremost experts on immigration politics in the US media world. Her new book, Killing the American Dream, warns about the negative consequences of the current climate on immigration and the need to address immigration reform, not just for political or humanitarian reasons but mainly because it´s in the economic self interest of the country.
She is a journalist that for the last 25 years has extensively covered the areas of city government, immigration and state and national politics for La Opinion, the largest and oldest Spanish language daily paper in America as a senior reporter on immigration and politics and it’s a regular commentator for radio and television in both Spanish and English media.
Her work has won awards and fellowships from New America Media, the New School, and the International Center for Journalists for her coverage of the issues and challenges of the Latino community. She’s the author of “El Despertar del Sueño Americano” published by Penguin Books in May 2012. The English version of the book, Killing the American Dream, came out October 2 and is published by Palgrave McMillan. Marrero lives in Los Angeles.
Some of her credits include CNN en español, María Elvira Live, The World PRI, The Real News, The Pat Morrison Show, Al Punto with Jorge Ramos, HITN, Latino USA, Living on Earth (NPR), Radio Nacional de España, BBC Mundo and others. Her political columns and articles have earned several awards from the Interamerican Press Association, National Association of Hispanic Publications and New America Media among others.
In June 2011, the California Chicano News Media Association (Now Latino Journalists of California) awarded her a career achievement award.