Almudena Toral

Almudena Toral is a visual journalist and filmmaker currently based in Miami. She heads the enterprise video team at Univision News Digital – the team covers the U.S. and Latin America through documentaries, photo essays, visuals for interactives and special projects, illustration and animation. Prior to joining Univision, she taught video storytelling at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, pursued her own projects worldwide and worked full time at The New York Times and TIME. Her work has also been published by The Guardian, AlJazeera, VICE, The Intercept, Canal+, NPR, PBS and other outlets. Toral's work has been recognized by World Press Photo, two national Emmy Award,, Pictures of the Year International, RFK Human Rights Journalism awards, the Hillman Prize, PDN Photo Annual, the Webbys, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Ortega & Gasset awards, regional Emmys and the New York Press Club among others. She's a grantee of The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Women's Media Foundation and The International Reporting Project. Toral has degrees from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is passionate about multi-platform storytelling, migration, violence and trauma. She is a member of Fotovisura/GUILD.

En Español

Almudena Toral es una periodista visual española con base en Miami. Encabeza el equipo visual en Univision Noticias Digital. El equipo cubre Estados Unidos y Latinoamérica a través de documentales, fotografía, animación e ilustración. Antes de unirse a Univision, Almudena trabajó como profesora en CUNY Graduate School of Journalism y como periodista de video en The New York Times y TIME. Sus propios proyectos también se han publicado en The Guardian, AlJazeera, VICE, PBS, NPR, Canal+ y Marie Claire. Su trabajo ha sido reconocido por los Emmy Awards nacionales y regionales, World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, RFK Human rights journalism awards, PDN Photo Annual, the Hillman Prize, National Press Photographers Association, the Webbys, premios Ortega & Gasset y Rey de España, Overseas Press Club, National Headliner, Deadline Press & New York Press Clubs. Almudena estudió en Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), CUNY Graduate School of Journalism y Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Ha recibido grants del Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, la IWMF y el International Reporting Project. Forma parte de Fotovisura/GUILD.

Reporting Locations


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Potato slaves

To view the full Multimedia project, please visit Univision. Workers at a potato processing plant in Texas face abuse by their employers but choose to stay silent out of fear of losing their H-2A visas.…

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Atrapados en México

You can find the full multimedia program at Univsion. En enero de 2019, el gobierno de Estados Unidos creó los Protocolos de Protección de Migrantes para enviar a solicitantes de asilo a esperar sus casos…

A visual pathway along the border wall

When you see it from the air, it’s almost mesmerizing. There’s a fence, but there’s also mountains and hills and deserts and cities along the U.S-Mexico border. It’s obvious, of course. Up close, this fence…

Sketches of humor and nuance at the border

There’s this narrative about the border championed by Donald Trump that everyone we talked to here in New Mexico, Texas, Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana deems inaccurate.  Locals believe a good chunk of the rest of…

Meet the Fellow: Tyche Hendricks

We’re crossing the US-Mexico border from San Diego to Tijuana in a van that gets sent to secondary inspection for firearms. Tyche Hendricks, an experienced, modest and warm-hearted journalist specialized in immigration and criminal justice…

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Univision spent a day with a pro-Trump militia patrolling the border. Its leader was arrested on Saturday.

  A few days after Univision published a video in which members of the United Constitutional Patriots militia boasted of detaining Central American migrants on behalf of the Border Patrol, the FBI arrested its leader,…

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Mother of U.S. soldiers has spent 20 years living undocumented in Texas

Jackeline has lived in El Paso for more than 20 years. Everyone in her family is documented, except her. She’s been trying for years to regularize her status, without success. Her only options are returning…

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48 arrests in 2 hours: migrant apprehensions continue to rise at El Paso border crossing

In January, detentions along this portion of the U.S.-Mexico border were cause for alarm: the number of detained families was up 1,600% compared to one year earlier. In February the increase was even greater. The…