Because the Mexico Metropolis bureau continues to pursue formidable tales and expansive protection of the area, we’re thrilled to announce that Simon Romero shall be becoming a member of the workforce as a correspondent.
Working alongside Natalie Kitroeff and Maria Abi-Habib, Simon will sort out the area’s most important points, together with migration, local weather change, rising violence and Mexico’s 2024 presidential election.
Simon isn’t any stranger to the Worldwide desk, having served as each the Andes bureau chief and Brazil bureau chief. Throughout his postings in South America, he coated life inside a Venezuelan prison run by gun-toting inmates, river pirates in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, the rise of Hugo Chávez’s political motion, the atrocities of Colombia’s long internal warfare and went inside distant Russian, Chinese language and Chilean bases to explain the race for Antarctica’s resources. He’s a recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot prize for his protection of Latin America.
“That is actually a homecoming for Simon,” stated Greg Winter, worldwide managing editor. “He was an awesome correspondent earlier than, and we’re thrilled that he’s coming again to tackle a wholly new a part of the hemisphere.”
Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, he joined The Instances in 1999 in São Paulo to cowl Brazil’s economic system and went on to turn out to be the paper’s worldwide power correspondent, based mostly in Houston.
Since 2017, Simon has labored as a nationwide correspondent based mostly in Albuquerque, touring extensively across the nation. Simon has written concerning the Mexican immigrant elected as Arizona’s first and only Latino governor, the awe-inspiring eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, the Cherokee Nation’s push for a seat in Congress and wildfires within the Alaskan tundra. He even discovered time to trace down a conquistador statue’s stolen foot, a supply of long-simmering tensions in New Mexico between Hispanics and Native People.
Born in Albuquerque and raised in rural northern New Mexico, Simon attended public faculties in Las Vegas, N.M., and graduated with honors from Harvard. He enjoys studying about native crops and happening lengthy hikes and street journeys together with his household.