Alice Driver is a bilingual journalist based in Mexico City. Her narrative non-fiction, feature writing & audio work have appeared in National Geographic, Time, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Outside, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, Longreads and NBC News.
Driver was born in Oark, Arkansas, a town of 200, in a house built by her potter father and her weaver mother. She attended Berea College in rural Kentucky, which was founded in 1855 to educate freed slaves and students with limited economic resources. Berea College charges no tuition, and thanks to their mission, she was able to take the years of economic risk needed to become a writer. She published the book More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 2015) which she completed during her postdoctoral fellowship at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. Writing is how she seeks justice and equality in a world that is far from that.
In 2017, Driver was invited by the Nobel Women's Initiative to join Nobel Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman and Rigoberta Menchú as they traveled to Guatemala and Honduras to highlight the work of human rights activists in indigenous communities. In 2019, she worked with Chinese neorealist painter Liu Xiaodong and his documentary team along the US-Mexico border, and the results of that work, including the catalogue for the exhibit that Driver is writing, will be shown at Dallas Contemporary Museum in 2020. She recently finished a global migration project with National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer. Driver is the translator of the book Abecedario de Juárez, a collaboration with journalist Julián Cardona and artist Alice Leora Briggs that explores and maps the new language of violence in Mexico (forthcoming with University of Texas Press). She is currently working on a project with the Center for Women's Global Leadership and the United Nations to help create a handbook for how to cover violence against women.
Fellowships and Grants
2020 Overseas Press Club Freelancer Grant
2020 Economic Hardship Reporting Project Grant
2017 Nobel Women Initiative Grant for reporting in Honduras and Guatemala
2017 Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellowship
2017 Images and Voices of Hope Restorative Narrative Fellowship
2019 RISC hostile environment training in Medellín, Colombia
2018 Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones
2017 IWMF funded Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) in Oxford, England
2017 Ford Foundation Travel Grant to attend RISC hostile environment Training in NYC
2017 Women’sMedia Center Progressive Women’s Voices Media and Leadership Training
Photo credit: Cambira Harkey in Tapachula, Mexico.