My name is Rocío Guenther. I like to tell stories.

I’m a bilingual, bicultural journalist currently living in Guadalajara, Mexico. From June 2016 to October 2017, I worked as a reporter and editorial assistant at The Rivard Report, a hyperlocal news and information site in San Antonio, Texas. I wrote more than 300 articles on a variety of topics but had a strong focus on immigration, the U.S.-Mexico relationship, and the culinary scene in San Antonio.

Currently, I’m working as a volunteer Spanish translator for National Geographic‘s Out of Eden Walk, spearheaded by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Paul Salopek. Salopek is retracing our ancestors’ ancient migration on foot out of Africa and across the globe. His 21,000-mile, multiyear odyssey began in Ethiopia—our evolutionary “Eden”—in January 2013 and will end at the tip of South America. Read my translations here.


Rocío Guenther and Joy Díaz talk about serving and covering the Latino community in the U.S. (Mary Kang/Knight Center)

I graduated from Trinity University in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in political science. Thanks to my dual-citizenship status and my experience on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, I am passionate about telling stories that deal with the U.S.-Mexico relationship, border issues, and patterns of migration. I enjoy looking for an angle that readers can relate to or have a reaction to. My goal is always to humanize a story and give the necessary details that show the reader why something matters.

During my time in college, I was a frequent contributor to Edible San Antonio magazine and covered overall food trends in the city. I have written book reviews for the “edible ink” section and travel pieces on other countries for the “destination” section. I’ve also dabbled in creative writing and have received numerous awards.


Consul General of Mexico Héctor Velasco Monroy is interviewed by Reporter Rocío Guenther at the Mexican Consulate in San Antonio on Friday, Jan. 27. Photo: Josh Huskin for the Rivard Report.

During my journey thus far, I’ve met a few cool people along the way:

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