Columbia Journalism School

Mirta Ojito


Mirta Ojito

Assistant Professor

Mirta Ojito, a newspaper reporter since 1987, has worked for The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, and, from 1996 to 2002, for The New York Times, where she covered immigration, among other beats, for the Metro Desk. She has received numerous awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editor's writing award for best foreign reporting in 1999 for a series of articles about life in Cuba, and a shared Pulitzer for national reporting in 2001 for a New York Times series of articles about race in America.

Her work has been included in several anthologies including "To Mend the World: Women Reflect on 9/11," "Written into History: Pulitzer Prize Reporting of the Twentieth Century from The New York Times," "By Heart/De Memoria," and "How Race is Lived in America." She is the author of "Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus" (2005), and of “Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town,” to be released in the fall of 2013.

Ojito is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Board of Trustees of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. She contributes to several publications, in English and Spanish, and writes a twice-a-month column for The Miami Herald.

Twitter handle: @mirtaojito
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(Photo courtesy of Juanita Ceballos '13)


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