Angela Korchega has left the daily news grind for a new job at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She has accepted a position as a professor and editor for the Borderlands Desk of the university’s Cronkite News service, which produces daily news, features and investigative stories for Arizona PBS.
“As I leave KHOU and Tegna (formerly Gannett Broadcasting) I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to bring viewers stories about the border, Mexico and beyond,” Angela tells Media moves. “I’m excited to have a role teaching a new generation of journalists who will report on border issues. And I will continue to report select stories on the border and in Mexico. I think teaching by example is one of the best ways to work with students.”
Angela has worked as Belo and Gannett’s Border Bureau Chief for the past 10 years. She previously spent 7 years as Mexico Bureau Chief for Houston’s KHOU-11. Before that, she was a reporter for WFAA in Dallas from 1994 to 1999.
After three decades covering Mexican presidential elections, earthquakes, hurricanes, border patrol buildup, the mass migration of children from Central America, and the bloodshed and death toll in Ciudad Juarez stemming from Mexico’s drug war, Angela says she’s not quitting her life-long passion of reporting the news.
“I don’t really see it as leaving journalism for academia. I see it as combining my love for covering the border, producing content and sharing my experiences with a new generation of students.
I was not looking for a new position, but the Cronkite School of Journalism is a perfect fit….I remain committed to our profession and will continue to work as a journalist and with young journalists to bring viewers stories about the border and beyond. This is especially important as election season looms. The border and immigration once again are hot button issues and viewers/voters need facts, not just flamboyant political rhetoric.”
The stories, which will be produced in both English and Spanish, will appear on air and online.
Angela says the new job will allow her “the freedom to personally work on some in-depth stories and special projects.”