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Bob Ortega is a Mexican-American​ journalist​ based in Phoenix, Arizona​. He is a senior writer for CNN​Investigates, covering border and immigration issues. [1]​ [4]​ [2]

Education

Ortega graduated from Princeton University​ with a Bachelor's degree​ in history. He went on to attend Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism​, receiving a Master's degree​ in journalism. [4]​​​

Career 

Ortega joined CNN after a long career as an investigative journalist​, most recently spending nearly six years at the Arizona Republic​ as a specialty writer covering the border and focusing on child welfare. He also served as managing editor for the Honolulu Civil Beat​, which focuses on accountability journalism. [1]

 

Beginning his journalism career in Alaska​, Ortega worked as a television reporter in Fairbanks, Juneau, and Anchorage and later moved into print journalism at the Anchorage Times​, where he uncovered a military program testing deadly biological and chemical agents in a remote military base near Delta, Alaska. [1]

 

Ortega later served as managing editor of the Homer News​, and moved to the Seattle Times​ and the Wall Street Journal​ where he reported on child labor​ and other issues. While at the Journal, Bob wrote In Sam We Trust: The Untold Story of Sam Walton and Wal-mart, the World's Largest Retailer. [1]

 

He spent ten years working overseas training journalists in investigative reporting in countries such as Paraguay, Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine, working through a military coup in Paraguay and revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine. A program he led to assist independent news media in Belarus was shut down by the Lukashenko regime, which revoked his visa and forced him to leave the country. [1]

 

He served as a Knight International Press Fellow in Paraguay, and was also a professor of journalism at Ryerson University​. [1]

Awards

Ortega is the recipient of the Hillman Prize​ for social justice reporting, and the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism​. In 2013, he also received the Sidney Award​ for reporting on a deeply flawed and widely used screening test for Cervical cancer​. [1]

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