Mirta Ojito, a reporter since 1987, has worked for The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, and, from 1996 to 2002, for The New York Times, where she covered immigration,
among other beats, for the Metro Desk. She has received numerous awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editor’s writing award for best
foreign reporting in 1999 for a series of articles about life in Cuba, and a shared Pulitzer for national reporting in 2001 for a New York
Times series of articles about race in America.
She is the author of Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus , and of
Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town. Her work has been included in several anthologies includingTo Mend the World:
Women Reflect on 9/11, Written into History: Pulitzer Prize Reporting of the Twentieth Century from The New York Times, and How Race is Lived in America.
Ojito is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Board of Trustees of the
Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. She contributes
to several publications, in English and Spanish,
and writes a twice-a-month column for
The Miami Herald. She lives in Manhattan with
her three children.