125 Pioneer Plaza
El Paso, Texas 79901
PO Box 15
El Paso, Texas 79940
Tel. (915) 532-0905
Emanuel Anthony Martinez
Anthony Martinez is a third-generation El Pasoan. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso in Chicano Studies and the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Following his undergraduate studies, Anthony worked in government relations at the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and small business development at the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. While in law school, Anthony won First Place Brief and Second Place overall in the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) National Moot Court Competition. He also organized and co-wrote an amicus brief on behalf of the Wisconsin Latino/a Law School Association (LLSA) in Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) v. ASARCO Inc., GN4-01709 (Tex. Dist. Ct. 2005). Following law school, Anthony worked in the Texas Senate, the 388th Judicial District Court, and as an attorney.
In 2003, Anthony founded Newspaper Tree with the purpose of examining public policy, the political process, and identity in the El Paso-Juárez region. Anthony left the project in 2004 to continue his education, then returned in 2012.
Alberto Tomas Halpern
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.
Esmeralda Ojeda was born and raised in El Paso. She graduated from UTEP with a degree in the performing arts and a minor in logic. She had plans to attend law school, but her love of the stage was too strong to ignore. She has mastered the art of making the perfect cappuccino thanks to her time spent working in coffee shops. She has also worked for a film production company, a winery that paid in wine, a funeral home, and even briefly sang in a Bob Marley Cover Band.
She still performs occasionally on the stage, but is now focused on her art photography and writing. Her last art exhibit showed photos from her time spent with the Tarahumara Indians down in the Barrancas del Cobre of Chihuahua, Mexico. She is currently writing a novel about her recent religious pilgrimage to the Philippines and working on her next photo art exhibit.
Lucia Quiñonez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso pursing a Multimedia Journalism major and Creative Writing minor. She will graduate in December 2013.
This is her first internship outside of UTEP. She has worked in other aspects of media at both the El Paso Times and El Diario of El Paso. Those experiences further interested her in journalism. She took part in the 2011 Fotos de mi Alma photography exhibit and auction, and is proud to that her photograph was successfully auctioned with the proceeds going to the Latinitas program.
Quiñonez also writes for Borderzine, UTEP’s journalism student’s online publication. She is planning to intern as much as possible after graduation to gain experience in hopes of molding a descent career in journalism. In the meantime, she plans to advance her skills in photography, photo journalism and writing non-fiction pieces.
She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in the near future.
Natassia Bonyanpour is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso. She studies Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Women’s Studies. Bonyanpour was copy editor and reporter of her high school newspaper, Scriptoria, at J. M. Hanks High School.
She also has just completed an internship this summer at News Channel Nine where she worked alongside of producers, reporters and anchors. She appeared on-air during segments on News Channel Nine’s Today. Bonyanpour also writes for Borderzine, an online UTEP publication in which she has covered stories about immigration reform and Juarez.
Graduating in May 2014, she plans to pursue a career in either television or print reporting.
Board of Directors
Robin Montoya, President
Roy Ortega, Vice President
Jeanne Foskett, Treasurer/Secretary