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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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Some Chicagoans May Be Facing Coronavirus Without Water At Home

The mayor declared an end to residential shut-offs last May, but the pandemic has brought new urgency to restoring service to citizens.

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Thousands Of Undocumented Workers Face The Pandemic Without A Safety Net

Undocumented immigrants are ineligible for the unemployment benefits Illinois is offering to workers left jobless by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Two Suburban Senior Homes Seek Answers And Relief During COVID-19 Crisis

Families call for testing and officials scramble for answers to limit the spread of COVID-19 at Evanston and WIllowbrook nursing homes.

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Illinois Suffers Its First Death Due To COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases climb to 160 in Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker calls the federal response to the outbreak “an incredible failure.”

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Coronavirus Creates Additional Hurdles For Gig Economy Workers

Some gig economy workers in the Chicago area don't have the luxury of working from home or taking sick days as coronavirus cases mount.

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Fight Against New Public Charge Rule Continues In Illinois

Immigration advocates Wednesday denounced the new public charge rule and argued for an injunction to block its implementation in Illinois.

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Group Sues Federal Agency Over Racial Profiling Of Immigrants In Chicago

The National Immigrant Justice Center argues that federal agents targeted Latino neighborhoods and construction sites for enforcement.

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Border Patrol Agents In Chicago To Assist Immigration Enforcement

Immigrant rights groups denounce the use of border patrol agents in Chicago because they typically work in more violent surroundings.

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Residents Demand Bilingual Staff At Pilsen Post Office

An alleged act of discrimination at the Pilsen post office has sparked demands for an investigation and more bilingual staff.

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Unaccompanied Minors Crossing The Southern Border Are On The Rise

Some migrant parents send their children across the border without them to escape harsh living conditions. They ask: “What would you do?”

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Cómo El Principal Asistente Del Concejal Solís Consiguió Tres Trabajos

Mientras el concejal del Distrito 25, Daniel Solís, cooperaba en una investigación de corrupción federal antes de dejar su cargo el año pasado, un miembro de su personal estaba haciendo una nueva carrera como portero en un club nocturno, guardia de seguridad y como lobbista en una empresa de servicios públicos de Illinois.

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Illinois Congressman Visits Crisis At Southern Border

“We see the inhumanity, and we vow to redouble every effort we can to end the [Remain in Mexico] policy,” said Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

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How The Clout Network Really Works: A Lesson From The 25th Ward

While Ald. Solis was tangled in a corruption probe, his outgoing chief of staff was building a new career as a security guard and lobbyist.

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Chicago Co-Op Empowers Immigrant Women, Refugees

Blue Tin Production aims to empower immigrant women and create a sustainable garment manufacturing option for designers and consumers.

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Aurora Family Ambushed While Traveling In Mexico For The Holidays

Jose Luis Gutierrez was shot, beaten and tortured in Mexico Sunday night. His father and daughter were also beaten.

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Homeless To City Officials: “Give Us Housing Or Leave Us Alone”

Eight homeless individuals living in tents in Uptown say the city is trying to push them out by scheduling street cleanings where they live.

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Detained Chicago DACA Youth Sues Feds For His Release

Immigration officials seek to deport a Chicago immigrant, who has filed a lawsuit for his release so that he can renew his DACA permit.

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Immigrants In Illinois Should Stay Away From Marijuana

Immigration experts said participating in the marijuana industry or using marijuana can have grave consequences for noncitizen immigrants.

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Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth Honors Deported Veterans In Mexico

“I feel like these guys got left behind,” said Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, after meeting with deported veterans in Mexico on Monday.

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Advocates: Remain In Mexico Policy Can Put Asylum Seekers At Risk

More than 56,000 asylum seekers have been sent back to Mexico since the Trump administration issued the Migrant Protection Protocols.

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