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Mary Sanchez


Mary Sanchez is an award-winning syndicated columnist with Tribune Media, specializing in immigration, race, politics and culture. She's also an editorial columnist and a member of the editorial board of The Kansas City Star. Sanchez also writes a monthly column for The Poynter Institute, a leading journalism think tank and has been a correspondent for EFE, a wire service based in Madrid, Spain. Sanchez has lived in Mexico and traveled extensively in Central America.


When the associated press stops using “illegal immigrant,” it signifies that change has already percolated through stratas of society

Is there a place for “peace journalism” in mainstream media? One can make the case that most reporters and editors already practice it

Inmates and families are challenging a system they say is costly and unfair, and punishes families as well as those in prison.

Socialism wasn’t a bad word for this long-gone bold kansas paper

AS THE SONG SAYS, EVERYTHING REALLY IS UP-TO-DATE IN KANSAS CITY, OR IS IT?

BEHIND THE NEWS IS THE STORY OF A CUBAN-BORN CEO WHO PERSONIFIES THE IMMIGRANT DRIVE—SO OVERLOOKED WHEN THE TOPIC OF IMMIGRATION IS RAISED

Are the wal-Mart de Mexico allegations anomalies, or a window into less-than stellar practices some mutinationals may consider.

For the future immigration debate—when the time finally comes

Are latinos really fleeing the United States to escape anti-immigrant laws?

Class background can limit the effectiveness of mentoring, unless programs are willing to face social realities

Does it really matter any more what term is used to define the heritage of 50 million very disparate people?

In the current climate of fear and loathing, Hispanics must rise to the challenge and take a leaf out of the African-American playbook

There are signs of a mounting backlash against anti-immigrant legislation

The DREAM Act may have died in Congress, but supporters won’t forget when the next election rolls around

Latinos’ lack of education has great implications for the nation, given our numbers and the fact that we are a relatively young population with higher birthrates.

The NAACP goes to bat for Latino immigrants in its continued fight against discrimination.

Yahaira Carrillo and the plight of undocumented students facing deportation.

The cross-border options of a Mexican boy in need of a heart

Kansas City’s new curator challenges cultural perceptions

Creating a path to a brighter future for undocumented children is unlikely this year

Mother nature conspires on both sides of the border to produce a complicated tequila

True artists always find a way to go beyond the posturing of politics

A Kansas City asylum case could provide the impetus for the reform of unfair and inconsistent policy

Children International has hit upon a formula that empowers and trains youths to make a difference.

Even in cases with the best of intentions separating mother and child can never be right.

Claims of those whose assets were seized by Castro are overlooked hurdles in normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations.

Among the most pertinent lessons to grasp in understanding the nuances of Midwestern business is an appreciation for the tug of war between Kansas City and St. Louis.

An aunt. She was a beloved relative of a man who through the years has become one of my best sources on Cuba.

History proves entrepreneurs provide a critical boost to a sagging economy.

The new economy must come to grips with an aging population as demographics across the country mimic those in Florida

Keeping jobs in the U.S. is a simple matter of retraining workers for the new millenium

The political and social concerns of Missouri residents offer a mirror to the rest of the country—and may very well reflect what is coming in the November election.

U.S. strength and vitality —now and in the future— are being heralded as a function of the country’s metropolitan areas. But are we forgetting half of it?

With rising food prices and widespread shortages around the world, experts agree on the importance of securing food sources

In March, Latin America’s largest meat producer laid the groundwork to become the largest beef processor in the U.S., virtually cornering a mainstay of Midwestern life since the early pioneer days.