Stella Chavez

Stella M. Chávez is a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News where she covers neighborhoods and diversity in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Chávez began her career at The (Lakeland) Ledger covering small towns in Polk County, Florida and the migrant farm worker community. She also wrote the paper’s first weekly column about diversity called “Faces of Polk.”  After leaving The Ledger, she joined the staff of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where she covered local government as well as immigrant communities. She helped cover several national stories, including the Elian Gonzalez saga and the 2000 election debacle.  A native Texan, Chávez graduated in 1995 from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants.

Recent Posts by Stella Chavez

  • Yolanda's Crossing

    In rural Mexico , Yolanda Méndez Torres lived in a society where sexual violence against girls often goes unreported and unpunished. In America , she joined legions of undocumented abuse victims who have little hope of finding justice. This narrative series chronicles Yolanda's crossing between the two worlds. Originally published in The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX), in Dec., 2006.

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