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Maria Ines Zamudio

Maria Ines Zamudio

Reporter

Maria Ines Zamudio covers immigration for WBEZ. She is an award-winning investigative reporter who is now part of the race, class and communities team. Prior to joining WBEZ, she worked for American Public Media’s investigative team. She’s also worked as an investigative reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal and Chicago Reporter magazine.

2015, Zamudio and a team of reporters from NPR’s Latino USA received a Peabody National Award for their coverage of Central American migrants. Zamudio’s story was reported from the Mexico-Guatemala border and it focused on the danger women from Central American while traveling through Mexico as they try to reach the United States.

Her work has appeared in The Associated Press, New York Times, National Public Radio, NBC 5 Chicago, Telemundo, Univision among others

Recent Stories

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Protesters Accuse Koch Foods Of Retaliating Against Immigrant Workers

Protesters accused Park Ridge-based Koch Foods of orchestrating the workplace raid at its Mississippi plant earlier this month.

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Chicagoans Mourn Victims Of El Paso Mass Shooting At Candlelight Vigil

“Harm against one of us is harm against all of us,” vigil attendees chanted while holding candles and Mexican flags Thursday evening.

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Chicago Immigrants Losing Jobs Due To No-Match Letters

Officials caution that no-match letters don’t prove that workers are undocumented. There can be several reasons why discrepancies exist.

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Detention Of Children At O’Hare Sparks Rapid Response

Activists quickly mobilized to notify elected officials, alert the media and to arrive at O’Hare Airport in support of an immigrant family.

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Federal Officials Release Three Children To Undocumented Mother

After holding them for 12 hours at O'Hare Airport, federal officials released three American citizen children to their undocumented mother.

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Chicago Aldermen Encourage City Workers To Spot ICE Agents

Streets and Sanitation workers could report sightings of federal agents to the ward alderman, who would then notify immigration advocates.

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A Weekend Of High Alert Passes As Immigrants Remain Vigilant

Promised ICE raids didn’t appear to materialize after a weekend of fear among immigrants. Plans to remain on alert continue this week.

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Immigration Activists Monitoring Feds On Bike And Foot

Activists fanned out across the Chicago region Sunday to track immigration raids by federal authorities.

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Chicago Activists Denounce Raids, Demand Action

Immigration activists are calling on Chicago’s mayor to sign an executive order barring city police from working with federal agents.

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Chicago Immigrant Has Sought Sanctuary Inside A Church For Two Years

Two years after she sought sanctuary inside a church, an undocumented mother of six asks for leniency from the Trump administration.

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Familias Y Negocios Inmigrantes En Chicago Temen Posibles Redadas

La comunidad migrante en Chicago se prepara para lo peor tras amenazas de redadas este fin de semana.

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Chicago’s Immigrant Families, Businesses Coping With Fears Of Possible Raids

The threat of immigration raids this weekend leaves some Chicago communities preparing for the worst.

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Deported U.S. Veterans Feel Abandoned By The Country They Defended

Nine deported U.S. veterans shared their stories with WBEZ. They spoke of their combat-related illnesses and how they long to return home.

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Report: U.S. Agencies Didn’t Follow Policies To Assist Immigrant Soldiers

A law designed to fight crime and strengthen immigration enforcement had an unintended consequence: deporting noncitizen veterans.

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Chicago Immigrant Ends Hunger Strike She Started To Protect Husband

Nora Quiñones ended the eight-day hunger strike because of health complications, including high blood pressure and anemia.

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lllinois Lawmakers Approve Protections For Immigrant Tenants

The legislation would prohibit landlords from disclosing the immigration status of tenants and evicting them because of that status.

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From Free Medical Care To Ending Water Shut-Offs: Lightfoot’s Mayoral Blueprint

On Friday, Lightfoot’s transition team unveiled an ambitious policy blueprint for her first term.

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May Day Demonstrators Rally In Chicago For Fair Pay, Equal Treatment

Demonstrators rallied against deportations of undocumented immigrants in Chicago and the layoffs of black workers at a West Side bakery.

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Chicago College Students ‘Come Out’ As Undocumented

Around the country, undocumented college students organized public declarations of their undocumented status as a political action.

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Duckworth Tries Again To Aid Deported Veterans

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth reintroduces bills that would ban the deportation of noncitizen military veterans and help them get health care.

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