Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte

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Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte
Monday, September 19, 2011

Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte joined the University of Texas at Austin faculty in September 1986, after eight years at the Los Angeles Times, where she was an assistant editor of the Opinion section and a staff writer on urban affairs. In 1982, she became the first L.A. Times journalist awarded an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, which supports travel and writing for a year. She spent most of it in Central America, during a period of revolution. She subsequently headed an investigative team to Uruguay for the Committee to Protect Journalists as that nation moved from military dictatorship to restored democracy.

 In 1987 de Uriarte completed a Fulbright appointment in Peru. She was a Kellogg Fellow from 1987 to 1990. In 1991, she spent a year at Columbia University as a research fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center. In 1998, she was named Hispanic Communicator of the Year by the Hispanic Link Foundation. She received the National Association of Hispanic Journalists 2000 Award for academic excellence in journalism. Dialogue for Diversity, a Washington-based leadership organization, gave her their Trailblazer award in 2004.