Alberto Tomas Halpern is a Far West Texas native and was raised in the small town of Marfa. He is a graduate of American University’s School of Public Affairs and holds a degree in Political Science and a minor in International Studies.
While a student, Halpern spent half a year living, studying and working in Nairobi, Kenya. He was an intern with a Nairobi-based non-governmental organization that focused on political and economic empowerment in Nairobi’s informal communities.
Prior to reporting for Newspaper Tree, he reported and photographed for The Big Bend Sentinel and The International newspapers in Marfa and Presidio, Texas and BigBendNow.com.
Halpern won a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for breaking news photography in 2007 and has recently won news and feature writing awards for The Big Bend Sentinel and The International from the Texas Press Association.