Tracing The Migrant Journey

Tracing the

KJZZ's Fronteras Desk reporting team joined migrants as they traveled thousands of miles to reach the U.S. This multi-part series put reporters on the ground from Honduras to Portland, Maine, to document the challenges migrants face on their trek through Central America, Mexico and the U.S.

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Reporter Dispatches From The Field

In August 2019, KJZZ's Fronteras Desk traveled to four countries. Along the way, they checked in with The Show. Here are their reports from the field.

Joseph Yakini
Aug. 26, 2019

Portland, Maine

About 400 people seeking asylum from Central Africa have come to this small town of Portland, Maine, over the last couple of months. Laurel Morales reports on the last leg of the journey.

migrant shelter
Aug. 23, 2019

Phoenix, Arizona

Tens of thousands of migrant families have passed through Phoenix this year on their way to destinations in other parts of the country. Bret Jaspers reports from a shelter.
Hear Bret Jaspers On BBC Newshour

border agent
Aug. 22, 2019

Yuma, Arizona

On the Arizona border, people from all over the world have gathered to cross into Arizona's desert. So what does that shift look like once they get here? Michel Marizco reports.
Hear Michel Marizco On BBC Newshour

man's portrait
Aug. 21, 2019

Nogales, Mexico

Michel Marizco has been reporting along the Arizona-Mexico border all week. He brings us a little closer to home, reporting in Nogales, Sonora, before heading to Yuma, Arizona.
Hear Michel Marizco On BBC Newshour

man's portrait
Aug. 19, 2019

San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico

Murphy Woodhouse reports from San Luis Rio Colorado, one of many cities along the border where there are waitlists for people hoping to cross at ports of entry to request asylum.
Hear Murphy Woodhouse On BBC Newshour

Flags at the border
Aug. 16, 2019

Guadalajara, Mexico

Kendal Blust picks up the migrant journey from Guadalajara, a major transit point for migrants on their way through Mexico to the United States — but that's been changing.
Hear Kendal Blust On BBC Newshour

Flags at the border
Aug. 15, 2019

Tapachula, Mexico

Rodrigo Cervantes reports from a city in southern Mexico that could be heaven, it could be hell — or it could be someplace in between for thousands of migrants traveling to the U.S.
Hear Rodrigo Cervantes On BBC Newshour

Rafts made out of old tires
Aug. 14, 2019

Tecún Umán, Guatemala

Rodrigo Cervantes takes us to an area with historic and commercial ties that’s been quickly transforming due to recent migration policies — the Guatemala-Mexico border.
Hear Rodrigo Cervantes On BBC Newshour

A protest in San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Aug. 12, 2019

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Jorge Valencia is on the ground in Honduras, a country which accounts for about half the people who are traveling to try to reach the southwestern border to petition for asylum, according to numbers.
Hear Jorge Valencia On BBC Newshour


  • Kendal Blust
  • Rodrigo Cervantes
  • Bret Jaspers
  • Michel Marizco
  • Laurel Morales
  • Jorge Valencia
  • Murphy Woodhouse


  • Michel Marizco
  • Chad Snow

Digital team

  • Tim Agne
  • Cameo Hill
  • Jean Clare Sarmiento
  • Sky Schaudt
  • Justin Stabley


  • Sky Schaudt