Deepa Fernandes

Freelance Radio Journalist @deepafern

Deepa Fernandes is an award-winning journalist who has reported from a dozen countries, from South Africa to Cuba to East Timor. Deepa has reported from inside rebel-controlled prisons during a Haitian coup, slum villages in Mumbai, and immigration jails across the U.S. In 2018, Deepa won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for her television investigative reporting for KCET, and in 2017 and 2018, she won "Radio Reporter of the Year" from the LA Press Club. Previously, Deepa was the Early Childhood correspondent at Southern California Public Radio, KPCC, where she won awards for her reporting on children aged 0-5. In 2012 she was a Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University and she has a master’s degree from Columbia University. She authored a book on immigration in 2007, Targeted, published by Seven Stories Press. In 2001, Deepa founded People's Production House, aimed at diversifying the press corps and the range of voices heard in the media. Her work can be heard on NPR, Public Radio International, the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She is married to multi-media journalist, Matt Rogers, and they are raising two spirited small children in Los Angeles.

En Español

Deepa Fernandes es una periodista de radio quien ha reportado de una docena de países, desde Sudáfrica a Cuba a Timor Oriental. Deepa ha reportado desde dentro de las cárceles controladas por los rebeldes durante un golpe de estado en Haití, los turgios en Mumbai y las cárceles de inmigración a través de los Estados Unidos. Deepa ganó un premio Emmy en el área de Los Angeles en 2018 por su reportaje de investigación en televisión por KCET y en 2017 y 2018, ganó la "reportera de radio del año" del LA Press Club. Anteriormente, Deepa fue la corresponsal para el radio público en el sur de California, KPCC, donde ganó premios por su reportaje sobre los niños de la primera infancia (0 a 5 años de edad). En 2012, ella fue una becaria Knight en la Universidad de Stanford y tiene una maestría de Columbia University. Deepa escribió un libro sobre la inmigración en 2007, Targeted, publicado por Seven Stories Press. En 2001, Deepa fundó “People’s Production House” con el objetivo de diversificar la prensa y la gama de voces que son escuchadas en los medios de comunicación. Se puede escuchar su trabajo en NPR, Public Radio International, BBC y Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Ella está casada con el periodista Matt Rogers, y están criando a dos niños pequeños y animados en Los Ángeles.

Reporting Locations


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Guatemala’s changing climate is forcing families to leave their homes, livelihoods

Shuffling through the acres of robust green bushes, plucking off the ripe red coffee beans and filling bucket after bucket was what Miguel Pol Suy did best. He didn’t earn much in his rural Guatemalan…

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What happens when an undocumented minor dies in the United States?

Jose López Ramirez had big dreams. He wanted to be a famous singer and he believed he would be discovered and become a star. But the 16-year-old couldn’t realize these dreams from his rural, mountainous…

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As kids health suffered, one Guatemalan town is trying to adapt to climate change

Elvira Mauricia Díaz with her family, including Oscar, 6, and Brian, 8, who live in a mountainous village town near Comitancillo, Guatemala. The children’s health has suffered as extreme weather swings have cut into the…

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These American kids are adapting to new lives in El Salvador after their dad was deported

When Waldo Martínez left Sensuntepeque in the early ’90s, escaping El Salvador’s civil war, he never thought he’d be back 25 years later with an American wife and four Las Vegas-born kids. Sensuntepeque is a…

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Will Trump continue Obama’s program to aid Central American teens fleeing gangs?

Ana Riva was at work one day in 2015 when she got an urgent call from her 16-year-old nephew, Juan. It was a moment that she had always feared would come, since she took over…

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A brother and sister flee gang violence in El Salvador and start over in the US

Kevin Alvarez Mejia leaves his house on the way to school in Riverside, California. He fled El Salvador with his sister after being threatened by a gang member. Credit: Deepa Fernandes/PRI Kevin Alvarez Mejía spent…

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El Salvador’s new metal-mining ban is terrifying for ‘artisanal’ miners

At a gold mine in San Sebastian, an artisanal miner leaves the mine where he chipped out stones that will be processed to extract gold. Credit: Nadège Mazars/Hans Lucas Fredy Flores wears his black cowboy…