Nancy was a CAMP scholar and Marion Albert Scholar (MAS) who beat out Ivy League students for a prestigious Poynter Institute Fellowship and Hearst Newspapers Fellowship. She was also a President of the St. Edward’s Communication Society (SECS), a precursor to the Communication Society (CoSO), Editor of the Hilltop Views, and was the first St. Edward’s University Chips-Quinn Scholar.
Since graduating from St. Edward’s University, Nancy has traveled throughout Mexico as a multimedia journalist. She now resides in Austin and writes for the Austin American-Statesman.
Reporter Nancy Flores interviewed Colombian rock star and humanitarian Juanes during South by Southwest. Photo by Tina Phan
Here’s Nancy in her own words.
Former CAMP scholar now helps boost coverage of Latino community
By Nancy Flores, ’03 Communication
I’ve wanted to be a journalist for as long as I can remember. My first article was published in my elementary school newsletter, and by junior high I knew that’s what I wanted for my future. As someone who grew up in the small border town of Eagle Pass, that dream seemed farfetched.
I’ve now been a professional journalist, who has reported from across the U.S. and Latin America, for a little over a decade. I’m grateful for the support from so many inspiring faculty and staff members at St. Edward’s who helped me achieve what once seemed impossible.
I’ve been a features writer for the Austin American-Statesman’s life, arts and entertainment section, called Austin360, for the past three years. I write feature stories about Austin culture, and specialize in covering Latino cultural arts. My monthly column, Cultura en Austin, debuted last summer and recently expanded to include a blog, which you can find on cultura.blog.austin360.com.
Throughout my time at St. Edward’s I had the guidance of several mentors, as did many of my classmates. I feel that as alumni professionals, we have a responsibility to pay it forward and help guide aspiring communication professionals. At the Statesman, I volunteer to mentor our features department’s interns and serve on our newspaper’s internship selection committee.
Bringing diversity to news coverage is something that I feel passionate about, and something that I’ve worked hard to do throughout my career. One of the ways I’ve done this recently has been through a new video and story series that I launched called Austin Gente. The occasional series explores what it means to be Latino in the U.S. in the midst of a shifting cultural landscape. In October, the Statesman partnered with the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center for a special screening of Austin Gente. The community forum, which I moderated, helped spark an important dialogue about how Latinos see themselves.
Before moving back to Austin, I lived in Mexico City with my husband and fellow journalist Jeremy Schwartz. Together we traveled throughout Latin America reporting, photographing and producing videos for Cox Newspapers. We covered everything from the 2006 Mexican presidential elections to the plight of immigrant children who returned to Mexico after spending most of their life in the U.S.
Despite my travels, I’ve remained connected to the Hilltop. I’m currently the president of the CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program) Alumni Association, which boasts about 2,000 alumni across the country.
CAMP Alumni Association members have volunteered for numerous campus and community activities over the years including the annual citywide Cesar Chavez March, CAMP Career Day and CAMP Enrichment Week. Our group also created an annual CAMP graduation ceremony, where we celebrate the achievements of graduating CAMP scholars and welcome them into the alumni family.
Keep up with Nancy’s stories & videos:
—Check out some of her latest articles on http://www.statesman.com/staff/nancy-flores/
—Follow her on Twitter @latinoculture
—Watch “Austin Gente” here: http://www.mystatesman.com/videos/news/austin-gente-who-i-am/vCqFtx/