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Katherine Corcoran is a former Associated Press journalist and the 2017-2018 Hewlett Fellow for Public Policy at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Currently she holds the position of associate director for International Media Relations in the Office of Public Affairs and Communication at the University of Notre Dame.

With the AP, she most recently served as its bureau chief overseeing coverage in Mexico and six Central American countries. Under her leadership, the AP broke major stories, including the Mexican army’s massacre of at least 12 suspected criminals after they had surrendered. She first joined the news organization as an editor on the Latin America Desk after stints at the San Jose Mercury News, the Denver Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

While at the Kellogg Institute, Corcoran studied violence against the press in Mexico, 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 explored the paradox of the dramatic decline in press freedom in Mexico as the country has become more democratic. She also contributed to the development of the Institute’s Global Leadership Program.

She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and has taught graduate-level journalism courses at Stanford University and 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.

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2017–2018: En la Boca del Lobo (In the Lion's Den): Press Freedom in Mexico

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