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KPBS Journalist Jean Guerrero Traces Family History In New Memoir ‘Crux’

Jean Guerrero, KPBS investigative border reporter and author of the new book,...

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Above: Jean Guerrero, KPBS investigative border reporter and author of the new book, "Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir," in an undated photo.

KPBS Journalist Jean Guerrero Traces Family History In New Memoir 'Crux'

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Jean Guerrero, author, Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir

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Book cover, "Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir"

As an investigative journalist for KPBS News, Jean Guerrero covers life along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Working that beat has taken Guerrero across the border to Tijuana and beyond. She trekked into the desert tracing dangerous migrant smuggling routes.

Throughout her career as a journalist and even before, Guerrero has been writing a book about her childhood, her family and most especially her father, a Mexican immigrant who she calls the “ultimate migrant” who crosses borders both real and illusory.

The book, "Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir," is Guerrero's quest to understand her father, who she credits for giving her a journalistic inclination.

"This inclination to document the world and to share my world with others, I think it comes from my father. He was always carrying around this bulky Panasonic camcorder when I was a child. I have dozens of VHS tapes that I used in part to write this book. And he just had this obsession with recording and documenting everything. And that's something that I think he gave me, I think that's part of where my journalistic impulse to document comes from," Guerrero said.

In 2016, Guerrero won the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize for “Crux.”

Guerrero discussed her new book Tuesday on Midday Edition. She will also be speaking at Warwick's bookstore in La Jolla Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

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