Former Bureau Chief for Mexico and Central America, Associated Press
Kellogg Institute Hewlett Fellow for Public Policy
Katherine Corcoran is spending spring 2017 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.
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.