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Mexican journalist seeking asylum earns prestigious Knight-Wallace fellowship

 Stateside's conversation with Emilio Gutierrez Soto, translator Luis Trelles, and Lynette Clemetson

Emilio Gutierrez Soto was a journalist in Mexico reporting on the military’s behavior during a drug cartel crack down. He sought asylum in the U.S. in 2008. He joins us to discuss the seven months he spent in detention under the Trump administration. 


Lynette Clemetson is the Director of the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists at the University of Michigan, where Mr. Gutierrez has been awarded a fellowship for this year. 


Luis Trelles is a Knight-Wallace Fellow. He is a producer with podcast Radio Ambulante. Trelles assisted with the translation. 

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Mercedes Mejia produces interviews for All Things Considered, including the music segment Songs from Studio East. She also produces content for Stateside. Mercedes relocated to Michigan from New Mexico, where she earned her BA in Latin American Studies and Journalism. She began in public radio as a reporter atKUNMin Albuquerque. She brings extensive video production skills from her work at Univision and Edit House Production.