Lorne Matalon is the Fronteras Desk reporter based in Marfa, Texas at Marfa Public Radio/West Texas Public Radio. In 2015-2016, Matalon has reported from Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia and multiple locations in Mexico. He began reporting from Latin America in 2007 where he was based in Mexico City for The World, a co-production of the BBC World Service, Public Radio International and NPR member station WGBH, Boston. In 2015-2016, he filed radio features on a variety of energy-related themes that include defensive postures deployed by energy companies in a downturn, Mexican energy reform, Mexican investment in distressed U.S. energy companies, the lifting of the ban on the export of U.S. crude oil and a series that investigated land displacement, violence and corruption in connection with a series of pipelines under construction in a 55-mile corridor that lines the U.S. border southeast of Juárez, Chihuahua and El Paso, Texas.

He was awarded a 2016 National Edward R Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting by the Radio Television Digital News Association, RTDNA, for that series entitled, "Borderland Exodus: Towns Near Path Of Proposed Mexican Pipelines Suffer Rash Of Violence." The flight of displaced citizens from the region has spawned mass asylum applications by Mexicans who are currently hunkered down in Texas pending their application reviews.

Previously Matalon was at NPR member stations WUNC, Chapel Hill, North Carolina  and WBUR, Boston. During that time he filed from Haiti and Mongolia. Prior to working at WBUR, Matalon was a television reporter at New England Cable News in Boston and at CBC Television, Toronto where he reported from Canada, the U.S., Brazil and Cuba. He has filed from Panama, Mongolia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina for National Geographic's online news service. His articles and photographs have appeared in the Boston Globe, the San Diego Union-Tribune, La Recherche, Paris and The World Today, London, a publication of the international affairs organization Chatham House. He has produced three television documentaries; "Brazil: Amazon War," "Sudan: Freedom for Sale" and "Guantanamo."

He has completed three photo essays for Harvard's ReVista, published by Harvard's Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Panama: The Challenge of Inequality (2013) Peru: Building A Template For Sustainable Forestry (2014) and El Salvador: San Romero de  América (2016). In 2017 he will file a photo essay for Harvard Revista on the displacement of hundreds of landowners in Mexico who have been forced off their land to make way for a series of energy pipelines and other energy-related infrastructure such as highways.

Matalon has a BA in American History from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont and a Masters in Journalism (M.Sc.J) from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, New York.

Follow him on Twitter: @matalon

Title Author Publication Date
The Changing Face Of US-Bound Migration: Rise In Africans And Asians Moving Through Mexico Lorne Matalon October 10, 2016
The State of Mexican Energy Reform: A Conversation With Tony Payan Lorne Matalon October 03, 2016
Rivals Negotiate: US Watching Structure Of Current Mexican Underworld After Release Of Drug Lord's Kidnapped Son Lorne Matalon August 22, 2016
Fraying At The Seams: The Challenge And Opportunity Of Fair Trade Coffee In Mexico And Guatemala Lorne Matalon August 01, 2016
Report: Women Routinely Tortured, Abused By Mexican Army, Police Lorne Matalon June 30, 2016
Panama Canal Expansion: Challenge And Opportunity For Southwest Economy Lorne Matalon June 28, 2016
US To Mexico Pipeline: Unfinished Business In Ranch Lands Of West Texas Lorne Matalon June 21, 2016
The Costs Behind A Migrant Crisis: Migrants Run Gauntlet On Guatemala-Mexico Border Lorne Matalon June 08, 2016
The Costs Behind A Migrant Crisis: Tracking U.S. Influence On Mexico's Southern Border Plan Lorne Matalon June 07, 2016
Federal Lawsuit From Borderland Challenges Modern Day 'Debtor Prisons' Lorne Matalon May 09, 2016
Veggies In Cattle Country: Leading Texas Hospital Now Promoting Plant-Based Diet Lorne Matalon April 28, 2016
US Energy Treadmill: Southwest Oil Production Rising Despite Downturn Lorne Matalon April 25, 2016
Credit Downgrade Threat And US Energy Downturn: The Challenge Of Survival In The Oilfield Lorne Matalon April 14, 2016
Not All Border Patrol Agents Support Trump, Says Dissenting Letter Lorne Matalon April 13, 2016
US Border Patrol Union Endorses Trump For President Lorne Matalon March 30, 2016
Printing Building Blocks For The Future: New Grants Bring 3D Technology To Border Libraries Lorne Matalon March 30, 2016
Bogotá’s Transmilenio Bus Rapid Transit Eyed By American Urban Planners Lorne Matalon March 17, 2016
Colombia's Microcredit Economy: How Tiny Loans Can Both Bolster And Burn The Poor Lorne Matalon March 10, 2016
In Colombia, Major League Baseball Is Not Always The Goal — It's A Solid Education Lorne Matalon March 08, 2016
Peace Deal Expected Between FARC Rebels, Government After Six Decades Lorne Matalon March 03, 2016
Pope Francis And Juárez: Latest Symbol Of Pope's Focus On Latin America Lorne Matalon February 15, 2016
US Officials: Women, Children Crossing Southwest Border Illegally Drops Lorne Matalon February 04, 2016
The Evolution Of Double-Edged Words In Mexico During The ‘War On Drugs’ Lorne Matalon January 19, 2016
Central American Migration: New Concerns As Numbers Rise One Year After Unprecedented Influx Lorne Matalon December 10, 2015
Borderland Exodus: Towns Near Path Of Proposed Mexican Pipelines Suffer Rash Of Violence Lorne Matalon October 26, 2015