Roberto Lovato is a writer and journalist working out of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto. He recently completed a a 3-year commitment as a Visiting Scholar at U.C. Berkeley's Center for Latino Policy Research. Roberto is also the recipient of a crisis reporting grant from the Pulitzer Center. His journalistic work spans the entire hemisphere and centers on some of the border-smashing issues of our time: immigration, the drug war, national security and climate change. His work also explores the intimate link between the online and offline worlds, between storytelling and social movements.

Roberto is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine and his work has appeared in numerous publications including the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the Boston Globe, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Der Spiegel, Al Jazeera, the American Prospect, Mother Jones, Salon Magazine, La Opinion, and other national and international media outlets. He has also appeared as either a source or commentator in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, the Washington Post, the Economist and Le Monde Diplomatique. He has also appeared on the network news shows of MSNBC, Univision, the BBC, CNN, CNN en Español, NPR, Radio Bilingue, Democracy Now and Al-Jazeera.

Roberto's Juan Crow article , which analyzed the system used to isolate and control immigrants, has conceptualized and popularized the term "Juan Crow,' which can be found on banners and websites, in protests and videos and other media across the country, including mention on a segment of the Colbert Report. Roberto's investigative story about migrant worker exploitation in post-Katrina New Orleans, Gulf Coast Slaves, contributed to a Congressional investigation. Roberto has produced programming for NPR, Pacifica radio network and the Univision Television Network, where he helped develop and produce Hora Cero, one of that networks first documentary series about immigration in the United States.

In a previous life, Roberto supported refugee and displaced communities in wartime El Salvador.

Lastly, one of his favorite words in any language is “conspire.” Although in English the word “conspire” means to “make secret plans jointly to commit an unlawful or harmful act,” in political Spanish the word has an almost opposite meaning. “Conspirar” is closer to the Latin roots that combine "con," meaning “together,” and spirare, the word for “breathing” and the origin of the word “spirit.” So, when two people are intimate to the point of inhaling each other's breath-and spirit-they are conspiring.



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Prior to becoming a writer in 2004, I was a consultant to media companies and, depending on who's asking, I still provide a number of services to any number of select and different clients. Most of my business and organizational expertise orbits around these services: feasibility studies, business planning, combining online and offilne business and political campaign strategy. I also support public relations and communications work.