Lorne Matalon is the Fronteras Desk reporter in Texas based at Marfa Public Radio/West Texas Public Radio. He is also a Journalism Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin where he is researching Mexico-US relations and the economics of Mexican energy reform and the American energy companies investing in Mexico's deregulated oil, gas and electricity markets.

In 2015-2016 Matalon 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. He has recently filed 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 and the lifting of the ban on the export of U.S. crude oil.

His two-part series entitled, "Borderland Exodus: Towns Near Path Of Proposed Mexican Pipelines Suffer Rash Of Violence," was awarded a 2016 National Edward R Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting by the Radio Television Digital News Association, RTDNA.

The series investigates land displacement, violence and alleged 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. 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 four photo essays for ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America published by Harvard's Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Those essays include 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 has filed a photo essay for Harvard Revista on the land displacement  in the Juárez Valley.

Matalon has a BA in American History from Middlebury College and a Masters in Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Follow him on Twitter: @matalon

Title Author Publication Date
Mexico Energy Reform Spurs Larger Scale Cross-Border Electricity Transmission Lorne Matalon May 17, 2017
Trump Border Plan Roiling Mexican Politics Lorne Matalon May 05, 2017
Shot Across The Bow: Mexico Considers Boycott Of U.S. Corn Lorne Matalon April 21, 2017
Mexico's Energy Reform And Pemex: Both Face Challenges As US Energy Sector Watches Lorne Matalon March 01, 2017
US-Mexico Intelligence Cooperation Braces For Possible Change Lorne Matalon February 21, 2017
Dakota Pipeline Standoff Echoes In Texas: Mexico Still Counting On US Natural Gas Lorne Matalon January 04, 2017
Mexico Proposes Legislation To Counter Border Wall Expansion Lorne Matalon December 27, 2016
Mexico Considers Retaliation Should U.S. Withdraw From NAFTA Lorne Matalon December 26, 2016
Texas City Moves To 100 Percent Renewable Energy Spurred By Federal Plan That New Administration Is Expected To Spurn Lorne Matalon November 17, 2016
Water, Energy And The Southwest: A Conversation With Michael Webber Lorne Matalon October 28, 2016
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 US 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

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