About

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.

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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.

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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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