LOS ANGELES – As the Biden administration implements new immigration policies, journalists from Spectrum News 1 Southern California and Texas will spend two weeks traveling the 1,950-mile border between the United States and Mexico to provide a first-hand look at the evolving conditions and economic and cultural issues at the heart of the border crisis. Additionally, Spectrum News 1 Southern California anchor Giselle Fernandez will travel to Guatemala to cover Vice President Kamala Harris’ first official visit to the region, while also exploring the forces driving record migration to the U.S. from Central America. The special series of reports, Driving the Border: Mile by Mile, will air daily on Spectrum News 1 from June 7-18, and will culminate with a one-hour special on July 8 at 9 p.m. PT/8 p.m. CT.
“Driving the Border: Mile by Mile goes beyond politics and rhetoric, and provides in-depth reporting and storytelling about the people, places and issues most impacted by the border conditions,” said Cater Lee, Vice President, News and Content, Spectrum Networks. “This joint collaboration between our Southern California and Texas networks will take viewers on an objective tour to observe, experience and understand the unique conditions along every inch of the border, and the direct impact of the changing immigration policies.”
Fernandez will spend the first week of the series, June 7-11, on the ground in Guatemala, uncovering the root causes driving Central Americans to migrate to the United States, including poverty, lack of education, violence and climate change. While Fernandez reports from Guatemala, Spectrum News 1 Texas anchor Brett Shipp will begin the U.S-Mexico border trip from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, traveling the Texas border and making stops in Brownsville, McAllen, Laredo, Rio Grande Village and El Paso, TX. The following week, Fernandez will join Shipp to travel the remainder of the border together. The journey will take them from Texas across the Arizona border, with stops in Douglas, Nogales and San Luis, then on to Calexico, California, before ending in San Diego. Additionally, more than a dozen Spectrum News 1 multimedia and digital journalists also will document and report stories on the ground, providing deeper context and perspective on the migration crisis to illustrate the stories of those living on both sides of the crisis.
To supplement Spectrum News 1’s daily reports, Spectrum Networks in partnership with market research firm Ipsos, conducted an exclusive Spectrum Networks/Ipsos Poll to capture the national and state-level sentiments in California and Texas on border and immigration related issues. Poll results will be announced daily, coinciding with the news story airing that day. Spectrum’s digital journalists also will break down the local and national findings and provide additional analysis on these issues in the Spectrum News App. Exclusive coverage in the app also will include an ongoing live blog from the journalists covering the border trip throughout the two-week journey.
About Spectrum Networks
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