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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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More Allegations Of Vote Buying In The 25th Ward

A complaint filed with state elections officials claims that elderly Chinatown residents in the ward were the victims of ballot theft.

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25th Ward Candidates Square Off In Heated Debate

25th Ward aldermanic candidates Alex Acevedo and Byron Sigcho-Lopez attacked each throughout their debate Wednesday night in Pilsen.

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Illinois Among 20 States In Lawsuit To Block Border Wall Funding

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul talks strategy about stopping emergency border wall funding with his counterpart from California.

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State Officials Investigating Alleged Vote-Buying Scheme In 25th Ward

An investigation is underway to determine if residents of a housing complex were promised $20 gift cards to support an aldermanic candidate.

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Chicago’s 25th Ward: Sigcho-Lopez, Acevedo Advance To Runoff

One will mean a new leader for the first time in decades after Danny Solis, amid scandal and outed as an FBI mole, left the seat open.

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Most Americans Agree A Citizenship Question Would Hurt Census Accuracy

Most Republicans, Democrats, whites, blacks and Latinos agree that the 2020 census count would be compromised by a citizenship question.

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Advocates: Smollett Controversy Could Discourage Victims

Advocates fear the Smollett controversy will make it even harder for hate crime victims to come forward — and to be believed if they do.

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After Price Hikes, Thousands In Chicago Are Without Water

Chicago's rising water costs caused over 150,000 water shutoffs since 2007, mostly in low-income, black and Latino neighborhoods.

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Acknowledging America’s Painful Institution Of Slavery

A new exhibit focuses on when nearly two million people were displaced, sold, and traded like property in the United States.

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Longtime Pilsen Community Activist Dies

A Mexican immigrant and mother of nine, Raquel Guerrero helped bring a high school, library, and summer festival to the Pilsen community.

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Danny Solis Looms Large In 25th Ward Election

At a candidate forum about housing, this week’s revelation that the retiring alderman is an FBI mole took center stage.

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Fears May Lead Some Immigrants To Avoid The 2020 Census

Anti-immigrant rhetoric and past uses of the census for immigration enforcement have some immigrants fearful of the 2020 census.

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Migration To Other States The Biggest Factor In Illinois’ Population Decline

Indiana, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, and Missouri are the states to which Illinois has suffered the greatest net losses in population.

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Chicago Employers Among Those Rushing To Hire Temporary Immigrant Workers

Employers across the country are rushing to submit applications for a limited supply of immigrant workers with H-2B visas.

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Government Shutdown Adds To Crushing Load In Local Immigration Court

Hundreds will see longer delays to have their cases heard in Chicago’s overburdened immigration court.

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IDOC Moves Transgender Woman To Women’s Prison Following Lawsuit

The lawsuit of a transgender woman serving a 10-year sentence for burglary claims she was repeatedly assaulted while held in men’s prisons.

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Garcia Calls For Investigation Into Death Of Children In Custody

U.S. Rep.-elect Jesus “Chuy” Garcia says border patrol hasn’t done enough to provide medical care for children.

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Settlement Could End Landmark Housing Discrimination Case

The Gautreaux case, filed against the Chicago Housing Authority more than 50 years ago, could be concluded if federal judge approves.

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Local Officials Playing Catch Up To Get Chicago-Area Residents Ready For The Next Census

With federal funding and political representation at stake, officials say it’s important to ensure that all communities are counted in 2020.

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Immigrants Flock To Area Churches To Celebrate Mexico's Patron Saint

From Little Village to Des Plaines, thousands of Mexican immigrants in the Chicago area pay homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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