CHF 2014: Journeys

Chicago to Mexico

Bus Tour

Every week, hundreds of people board buses in Chicago and travel to small towns across Mexico. The ride takes days—through southern Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas, then across the border to Tamaulipas, Guanajuato, and on to Michoacán. WBEZ 91.5 reporter Linda Lutton has made the 2,000-mile trip nearly a dozen times. Last year she took her tape recorder along and captured the journey. Join her on a bus ride through Chicago, as she recreates the experience with other journalists who’ve made the trip, including Alex Garcia and Teresa Puente.

The bus pick-up and drop-off for this tour will be outside UIC Forum. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the program’s start time as the bus will depart on time. Late seating will not be guaranteed.

Photograph by Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune

Speakers and Performers

Linda Lutton

As a reporter for WBEZ, Linda Lutton covers education and issues affecting youth. She is a current Spencer Education Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Lutton has received numerous honors for her print and radio reporting, including a 2013 Peabody Award for work on This American Life’s “Harper High School” episodes examining the school’s struggle against neighborhood violence. She’s also received a Studs Terkel Award for reporting from Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Before joining WBEZ, Lutton worked as a freelance journalist in Mexico and as education reporter at the Daily Southtown.

Teresa Puente

Teresa Puente is an associate journalism professor at Columbia College Chicago. She is a former staff reporter at the Chicago Tribune and was on the editorial board at the Chicago Sun-Times. Her recent work has been published in the Guardian, the Daily Beast, the Miami Herald, and In These Times. She writes the Chicanísima blog on and is the founder and editor of Puente also is a trainer and editor with The OpEd Project.

Alex Garcia

Alex Garcia is an internationally-recognized Chicago photographer and multimedia photojournalist with twenty years of experience. HarperCollins calls him, “One of the World's Best Photographers.” He has won numerous international and national awards and has participated in several high-profile book projects. As a photojournalist he has worked for two of the biggest circulation newspapers in the country, photographing newsmakers of all kinds—from CEOs to celebrities. His Assignment Chicago photo blog is the most widely read individual photo blog in the Tribune newspaper chain and was highlighted by the corporate website. Garcia has lectured widely, including at several universities. His most recent post was as an adjunct lecturer at the Medill graduate school at Northwestern University. In addition, he has taught workshops on creative location portraits, lighting techniques and personal vision.

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Leaders And Thinkers

Linda Lutton
WBEZ profile

Good Reads

Linda Lutton: The journalist

Online Resources

Chicago to Mexico, by bus [audio]