Clara Benitez

Clara Benitez is a San Diego native happy to be reporting in her hometown. Clara reported in Eugene, Oregon, where she covered the demolition of the historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Clara spent three years on the Texas-Mexico border covering immigration, including the Trump administration’s family separation policy and asylum seekers living in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols.  

Clara is an award-winning journalist, earning an AP award for her investigation on a South Texas missing attorney, “El Gallito.” Her investigation helped Texas rangers arrest and charge a family member involved in his disappearance and murder.

Clara attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Go Sun Devils!  

She is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, which emphasizes the importance of having more Latinos in news.  

When Clara isn’t reporting, you can find her spending time with her family, at a coffee shop, making Mexican food or hiking around San Diego.

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