I’m journalist Marie C. Baca. You can find my work in the Wall Street Journal, the Albuquerque Journal, ProPublica, and Salon, among other publications.
Over the past decade, I’ve written frequently about people on the fringes of society. I’ve profiled morgue workers, Bigfoot enthusiasts, day laborers, and the wrongfully convicted. I’ve also explored the proliferation of toxic waste sites in poor communities and the effects of fracking on rural populations. In 2011, I contributed to a California Watch investigation on seismic safety in schools that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. But the project of which I’m most proud is probably this feature on the internment of Japanese Americans.
These days, I mostly write about business and the economy. I’m particularly interested in how narrative structure, deep reporting, and localization can bring complicated concepts to life. Here are a few recent examples of what I’m talking about:
- Grocers big and small brace for “Amazacolypse”
- High-tech attraction: What to expect when you’re expecting Facebook
- Succession planning: Difficult but crucial for NM’s family businesses
A bit more about my background: I hold a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University. I’m a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Federation of Press Women, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Society of Professional Journalists. I’ve won a few awards for my work, which you can see listed on my LinkedIn profile.
Thanks for stopping by.