Zita Arocha is a bilingual journalist and senior lecturer in the UTEP Department of Communication since 2004. She is director of borderzine.com, a multimedia web magazine at UTEP that prepares Hispanic college journalists for jobs in 21st century newsrooms. For over 20 years she worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Miami News and The Tampa Times. She was executive director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 1993-1997, and was training coordinator for the Freedom Forum’s Chips Quinn Scholars Program from 2000-02. A freelance contributor to various national publications, she earned a master’s degree in English and comparative literature from the University of South Florida, and is currently pursuing an MFA in bilingual creative writing at UTEP. She is working on a memoir, Leaving Cuba.
She directs the award-winning bilingual website about borders, borderzine.com , at the University of Texas at El Paso.