Lorne Matalon

Freelance Reporter

Lorne Matalon is the 2016-2017 Journalism Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin and a Vermont resident. Prior to his fellowship, he was the Texas correspondent for the Fronteras Desk, a collaboration of NPR member stations focused on the Mexico-US border and Latin America. He is currently a contributor to CBC Radio and files regularly for Marketplace.

In addition to the border, Matalon has reported from Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Panama and multiple locations in Mexico. He began reporting from Latin America in 2007 from Mexico City for The World, co-produced by the BBC World Service & Public Radio International. Matalon's series on killings and land displacement driven by energy development in borderland Mexico was awarded a 2016 National Edward R Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting.

His articles and photographs have appeared in the Boston Globe, the San Diego Union-Tribune, La Recherche, Paris and The World Today, published by Chatham House, London and ReVista: The Harvard Review of Latin America. He has produced three television documentaries; "Amazon War, " "Sudan: Freedom for Sale" and "Guantanamo."

Matalon has a BA in American History from Middlebury College and an MA from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

 

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Migrant advocate Esther Guillaume helps arrange housing for two men from Nigeria who crossed illegally into Canada in November 2017.
Lorne Matalon / For VPR

The flow of people seeking refugee status in Canada has grown exponentially in recent months. More people have walked into the province of Quebec since August than in all of 2016 across the entire length of the Canadian border.