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Alisa Barba

Senior Editor

Alisa Joyce Barba is an award-winning journalist, producer, writer and editor with 25 years experience in both network and public broadcasting. For 12 years, she served as the Western Bureau Chief for National Public Radio. She was responsible for the editorial content and production of member station reporter and staff pieces for air on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition. While monitoring news in the western US, she specialized in covering border and immigration issues and won numerous awards for editing series and stories on a issues ranging from the failed "war on drugs," western water policies, and border corruption. Independent of NPR, she won the coveted Dupont Award for her work as Executive Producer of the 2001-2002 Documentary "Culture of Hate: Who Are We?". In 1997 she won the Jerry Schumacher Award for Best Program about Health Care Issues: Under the Knife: San Diego Medicine Confronts the Bottom Line. Prior to her work with NPR, Alisa was a Producer for ABC News in Beijing, covering, among other stories, the Tiananmen Square uprising. From 1989-1995 Alisa was a Producer/Reporter for MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour in New York and Washington DC. Based in San Diego, her journalism work has focused heavily on immigration, military and health care concerns. She holds a Masters Degree in Chinese History from UCSD and a BA from Middlebury College.

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  • Ruby and Javier are two Central American migrants that own and operate Pura Vida a food truck in Playas de Tijuana that offers a wide selection Salvadorian and Costa Rican dishes. After an opportunity saw them to uproot and make it to Tijuana, they reexamine the pull of the American Dream and consider a new option; The TIjuana Dream.Tune in!@portofentrypodBig thanks to Rito Zazueta for letting us include bits and pieces of her monumental short in this episode. Here's the Link to her documentary.Tijuana Dream (2016)https://vimeo.com/165060260Dir. Rito ZazuetaProd. Rick Zazuetaūüé∂ ‚ÄúFlotando‚ÄĚ Rommel Duran / Entre Desiertosūüé• Josh Olivera**************Port of Entry has whole new set of stories with you, this time centered around food and migration.This season we share several stories about how food has changed cities in the borderlands, including episodes on folks who have made Valle de Guadalupe, the famous wine region of northern Baja, their home.Follow hosts Natali Gonzalez and Alan Lilienthal as they sit down with these fascinating people who share their personal and family stories. Listen in and join us!If you like this episode, show us some love @portofentrypod**************From KPBS and PRX, ‚ÄúPort of Entry‚ÄĚ tells cross-border stories that connect us. More stories at www.portofentrypod.orgFind us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcastFind us on Instagramor at www.instagram.com/portofentrypodSupport our show at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search ‚ÄúPort of Entry‚ÄĚ in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift.If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email corporatesupport@kpbs.org.Feedback is a gift. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-500-3197 anytime with questions or comments about the show. Email us at podcasts@kpbs.org.‚ÄúPort of Entry'' is written, produced and directed by Julio C. Ortiz Franco. Luca Vega is our Technical Producer and Sound Designer.Alisa Barba is our editor.Episodes are translated by Julio C. Ortiz Franco and Natali Gonzales.Elma Gonzalez and M.G. Perez are our Spanish Editors.Lisa Morrisette-Zapp is Director of Audio Programming and Operations and John Decker is the Director of Content Development.This program is made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • Moumen Nouri dej√≥ Marruecos en busca de nuevas experiencias en los EE. UU. Su sue√Īo americano pronto se convirti√≥ en una pesadilla despu√©s de meterse en serios problemas financieros para mantener su restaurante en San Diego a flote. Moumen nos habla de su vida en Marruecos y de c√≥mo un traslado a Valle de Guadalupe le dio una segunda oportunidad para cumplir su sue√Īo de tener su propio restaurante.No te lo pierdas! caile!*********Port of Entry est√° de regreso ¬°Ahora con contenido en espa√Īol!Despu√©s de una larga pausa, estamos muy emocionados de compartir con ustedes historias nuevas sobre nuevos migrantes que han hecho de Tijuana y la Baja su nuevo hogar y el impacto que han tenido en el paisaje culinario.Acompa√Īa a nuestros anfitriones Natali y Alan en sus entrevistas con estos incre√≠bles personajes que comparten sus fascinantes historias y las de sus familias.Si te gusto el episodio, comparte con quien t√ļ quieras, ¬°d√©janos un like y t√ļ comentario en nuestras redes!@portofentrypod***********Encuentranos en Facebook y en Instagramwww.facebook.com/portofentrypodcastwww.instagram.com/portofentrypodPuedes apoyar nuestro podcast en www.kpbs.org/donate, escribe en la secci√≥n de regalos (gift section) ‚ÄúPort of Entry‚ÄĚ y como agradecimiento te mandaremos un regalito de parte del programa.Si tu empresa u organizaci√≥n sin fines de lucro desea patrocinar nuestro podcast, env√≠a un correo a corporatesupport@kpbs.orgNos encantar√≠a recibir tu retroalimentaci√≥n, env√≠anos un mensaje al 619-500-3197 o un correo a podcasts@kpbs.org con tus comentarios y/o preguntas sobre nuestro show.‚Äė‚ÄôPort of Entry‚Äô‚Äô es escrito, producido y dirigido por Julio C. Ortiz FrancoLuca Vega es el Productor T√©cnico y Dise√Īador SonoroAlisa Barba es nuestra editora.Los episodios son traducidos y adaptados por Julio C. Ortiz Franco y Natalie Gonz√°lez.Elma Gonzalez y M.G. Perez son nuestros editores en Espa√ĪolLisa Morissette-Zapp es la Directora de Programaci√≥n de Audio y Operaciones.John Decker es el Director de Desarrollo de Contenido.This program is made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • Moumen Nouri left Morocco in search of new experiences in the US. His American dream soon turned into a nightmare after getting into some serious financial trouble in order to keep his San Diego restaurant above water. Moumen talks to us about growing up in Morocco and how a move to Valle de Guadalupe gave him a second chance to fulfill his dream of owning his restaurant.Tune in!@portofentrypod**************Port of Entry is back after a long hiatus and is excited to share a whole new set of stories with you, this time centered around food and migration.This season we share several stories about how food has changed cities in the borderlands, including episodes on folks who have made Valle de Guadalupe, the famous wine region of northern Baja, their home.Follow hosts Natali Gonzalez and Alan Lilienthal as they sit down with these fascinating people who share their personal and family stories. Listen in and join us!If you like this episode, show us some love @portofentrypod**************From KPBS and PRX, ‚ÄúPort of Entry‚ÄĚ tells cross-border stories that connect us. More stories at www.portofentrypod.orgFind us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcastFind us on Instagramor at www.instagram.com/portofentrypodSupport our show at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search ‚ÄúPort of Entry‚ÄĚ in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift.If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email corporatesupport@kpbs.org.Feedback is a gift. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-500-3197 anytime with questions or comments about the show. Email us at podcasts@kpbs.org.‚ÄúPort of Entry'' is written, produced and directed by Julio C. Ortiz Franco. Luca Vega is our Technical Producer and Sound Designer.Alisa Barba is our editor.Episodes are translated by Julio C. Ortiz Franco and Natali Gonzales.Elma Gonzalez and M.G. Perez are our Spanish Editors.Lisa Morrisette-Zapp is Director of Audio Programming and Operations and John Decker is the Director of Content Development.This program is made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • Exxe Alta Parrilla: A Gaucho in Baja!Exxe Caivano is one of Valle de Guadalupe‚Äôs early food entrepreneurs. His passion for life is to show people what the Argentinian Asado is all about. Exxe talks to us about growing up in rural Buenos Aires, migrating to Ensenada, seeing the region grow, and shares an unexpected change that only f√ļtbol could bring out of him.Tune in!@portofentrypod**************Port of Entry is back after a long hiatus and is excited to share a whole new set of stories with you, this time centered around food and migration.This season we share several stories about how food has changed cities in the borderlands, including episodes on folks who have made Valle de Guadalupe, the famous wine region of northern Baja, their home.Follow hosts Natali Gonzalez and Alan Lilienthal as they sit down with these fascinating people who share their personal and family stories. Listen in and join us!If you like this episode, show us some love @portofentrypod**************From KPBS, PRX and California Humanities, ‚ÄúPort of Entry‚ÄĚ tells cross-border stories that connect us.More stories at www.portofentrypod.orgFind us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcastFind us on Instagramor at www.instagram.com/portofentrypodSupport our show at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search ‚ÄúPort of Entry‚ÄĚ in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift.If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email corporatesupport@kpbs.org.Feedback is a gift. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-500-3197 anytime with questions or comments about the show. Email us at podcasts@kpbs.org.‚ÄúPort of Entry'' is written, produced and directed by Julio C. Ortiz Franco. Luca Vega is our Technical Producer and Sound Designer.Alisa Barba is our editor.Episodes are translated by Julio C. Ortiz Franco and Natali Gonzales.Elma Gonzalez and M.G. Perez are our Spanish Editors.Lisa Morrisette-Zapp is Director of Audio Programming and Operations and John Decker is the Director of Content Development.This program is made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • Alec y Josefina son una pareja la cual el giro de sus vidas es cruzar fronteras; internacionales, financieras y culinarias. Juntos abrieron Berlin 89, un bar y salchicheria en el centro de Tijuana que tambi√©n opera como una embajada de criptomonedas. Acontecimientos recientes han hecho de su establecimiento un faro de esperanza para aquellos que huyen a ra√≠z del conflicto entre Rusia y Ucrania y que buscan restablecerse en estas tierras fronterizas. No se lo pierda!*********Port of Entry est√° de regreso ¬°Ahora con contenido en espa√Īol!Despu√©s de una larga pausa, estamos muy emocionados de compartir con ustedes historias nuevas sobre nuevos migrantes que han hecho de Tijuana y la Baja su nuevo hogar y el impacto que han tenido en el paisaje culinario.Acompa√Īa a nuestros anfitriones Natali y Alan en sus entrevistas con estos incre√≠bles personajes que comparten sus fascinantes historias y las de sus familias.Si te gusto el episodio, comparte con quien t√ļ quieras, ¬°d√©janos un like y t√ļ comentario en nuestras redes!@portofentrypod***********De KPBS, PRX y California Humanities, esto es ‚ÄúPort of Entry‚ÄĚ , donde contamos historias que cruzan fronteras.Encuentranos en Facebook y en Instagramwww.facebook.com/portofentrypodcastwww.instagram.com/portofentrypodPuedes apoyar nuestro podcast en www.kpbs.org/donate, escribe en la secci√≥n de regalos (gift section) ‚ÄúPort of Entry‚ÄĚ y como agradecimiento te mandaremos un regalito de parte del programa.Si tu empresa u organizaci√≥n sin fines de lucro desea patrocinar nuestro podcast, env√≠a un correo a corporatesupport@kpbs.orgNos encantar√≠a recibir tu retroalimentaci√≥n, env√≠anos un mensaje al 619-500-3197 o un correo a podcasts@kpbs.org con tus comentarios y/o preguntas sobre nuestro show.‚Äė‚ÄôPort of Entry‚Äô‚Äô es escrito, producido y dirigido por Julio C. Ortiz FrancoLuca Vega es el Productor T√©cnico y Dise√Īador SonoroAlisa Barba es nuestra editora.Los episodios son traducidos y adaptados por Julio C. Ortiz Franco y Natalie Gonz√°lez.Elma Gonzalez y M.G. Perez son nuestros editores en Espa√ĪolLisa Morissette-Zapp es la Directora de Programaci√≥n de Audio y Operaciones.John Decker es el Director de Desarrollo de Contenido.This program is made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • Berlin 89: A Crypto Embassy for the People!Alec and Josefina are a couple whose whole spin on life is to breach borders; international, financial and culinary. Together they opened up Berlin 89, a sausage deli bar in downtown Tijuana that doubles as a cryptocurrency embassy. Recent world events have turned their shop into a beacon of hope for those looking for a way to bring a sense of normalcy back into their lives. Tune in!@portofentrypod**************Port of Entry is back after a long hiatus and is excited to share a whole new set of stories with you, this time centered around food and migration.This season we share several stories about how food has changed cities in the borderlands, including episodes on folks who have made Valle de Guadalupe, the famous wine region of northern Baja, their home.Follow hosts Natali Gonzalez and Alan Lilienthal as they sit down with these fascinating people who share their personal and family stories. Listen in and join us!If you like this episode, show us some love @portofentrypod**************From KPBS, PRX and California Humanities, ‚ÄúPort of Entry‚ÄĚ tells cross-border stories that connect us. More stories at www.portofentrypod.orgFind us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcastFind us on Instagramor at www.instagram.com/portofentrypodSupport our show at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search ‚ÄúPort of Entry‚ÄĚ in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift.If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email corporatesupport@kpbs.org.Feedback is a gift. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-500-3197 anytime with questions or comments about the show. Email us at podcasts@kpbs.org.‚ÄúPort of Entry'' is written, produced and directed by Julio C. Ortiz Franco. Luca Vega is our Technical Producer and Sound Designer.Alisa Barba is our editor.Episodes are translated by Julio C. Ortiz Franco and Natali Gonzales.Elma Gonzalez and M.G. Perez are our Spanish Editors.Lisa Morrisette-Zapp is Director of Audio Programming and Operations and John Decker is the Director of Content Development.This program is made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.