Katherine Corcoran is spending 2017 and spring 2018 at Kellogg as the Hewlett Fellow for Public Policy. A journalist, she formerly worked for the Associated Press (AP), most recently serving as the bureau chief overseeing coverage in Mexico and six Central American countries.
Under her leadership, the AP broke major stories, including the Mexican army massacre of at least 12 suspected criminals after they had surrendered. The AP Mexico bureau was the first media outlet to interview illegal poppy growers feeding the heroin explosion in Mexico and the US, and has won awards for stories detailing how criminal violence affects ordinary people in the region.
At Kellogg, Corcoran is studying violence against the press in Mexico, now one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Using the murder of an investigative journalist as a starting point for her research, she is exploring the paradox of the dramatic decline in press freedom in Mexico as the country has become more democratic, with the aim of producing a general audience book. In 2017–18, she is also contributing to the development of the Institute’s pilot Global Leadership Program.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Corcoran has taught graduate-level journalism courses at Stanford University and at the University of California at Berkeley, where she piloted a course to train students in digital community journalism that won a $500,000 Ford Foundation grant.
She first joined the AP as an editor on the Latin America Desk after stints at the San Jose Mercury News, the Denver Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her team’s work was recognized by the Overseas Press Club, the Michael Kelly Award, and Colombia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize, among others.
En la Boca del Lobo (In the Lion's Den): Press Freedom in Mexico
Research Spotlight Luncheon
Carl Bernstein, Premio Periodismo 'Vanity Fair' 2017
Nov 8, 2017
Visiting Fellow Kathy Corcoran calls Carl Bernstein "a beacon of journalism" in an article in Vanity Fair
Kellogg Welcomes 2017–18 Visiting Fellows
Aug 28, 2017
Ten visiting fellows have settled into their offices at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, where they will conduct research on topics such as democratic accountability, migration, press freedoms, and the engagement of human development with religion in countries across Africa, Europe and Latin America.
Kellogg Research Explains the Factors behind Journalist Killings in Mexico
Aug 3, 2017
Visiting Fellow Katherine Corcoran, the former Mexico bureau chief for the AP, focused her Kellogg writing on one question: Why had Mexico become more dangerous for journalists as it had become more democratic?