Andrea Pérez Balderrama


Andrea Pérez Balderrama covers the Latino community for KAWC Colorado River Public Media. A recent graduate of the University of Michigan, Pérez Balderrama has spent the past four years exploring her passion for journalism and storytelling through a series of internships, classes and leadership positions. She was part of the breaking news team at the Detroit Free Press where she has written stories about a wide range of topics, including lawsuits, education and politics. In college, Andrea served as managing editor for the weekly magazine published by the University of Michigan’s independent student newspaper. At the magazine, The Statement, she managed a team of designers, writers, photographers and illustrators. She was also an operations intern for Michigan Radio, the local NPR station in Ann Arbor, Mich. She grew up in Ciudad Juárez, south of El Paso, TX on the U.S.–Mexico border.

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Andrea Pérez Balderrama


Known as the lettuce capital of the world, Yuma County continues to produce and harvest the crop despite cases of the coronavirus on the rise and threatening hundreds of workers who balance the health, personal lives and possibility of contagion on and off the field every day.

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In this episode of Arizona Edition, KAWC's Andrea Perez-Balderrama reports on what Yuma County can tell us about the Latino vote.

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Before COVID-19 quarantines were imposed, Charlene Fernandez drove to the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix every Sunday when the state House of Representatives was in session. 


City of San Luis

In late August, I drove to San Luis to meet up with Alexis Gomez. I was interested in learning about Census outreach in communities near the border, and he worked for City Hall driving one of San Luis’ main advertising methods: the Census truck. 


Andrea Pérez Balderrama

  It was late June and I was sitting in my car with my dad. All of my possessions were crammed in the back seat of my sedan as we drove through rural Utah, and I was trying to use cell data to connect to a work call. The signal was spotty, but I was able to say at least a few words during the meeting.