Franc Contreras

Correspondent Franc Contreras was born near the U.S.-Mexico border in Tucson, Arizona, and has been living in Mexico City and reporting from across Latin America since 1996.

Before joining CGTN America, Franc’s stories have been heard and seen by millions of viewers around the world on Al Jazeera English television, BBC World Service radio, CBS radio and television, CBC radio and television in Canada and Public Radio International in the United States.

He has reported from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, and Venezuela. His main focus is Mexico, the country where his immigrant ancestors originated.

Follow Franc Contreras on Twitter @FrancMex

STORIES BY FRANC CONTRERAS

September 13, 2021

Mexico overwhelmed with border crossings

  Mexico is confronting an increasingly complex immigration crisis.  It’s coming from both its borders. Migrants from around the world are entering from the south. And the United States is deporting scores of migrants from the north.  Read More...
September 7, 2021

Searching for oxygen in Mexico City

Mexico City officials say the number of hospitalizations during a third wave of the coronavirus is starting to decrease. That's partly because life-saving oxygen is more readily available.  Read More...
September 2, 2021

Afghan family hoping to reunite in Mexico

So far, four different groups of Afghan refugees including independent journalists, activists and their families have arrived in Mexico. One Afghan refugee desperately hopes to bring his brother over to safety. Franc Contreras reports. Read More...
July 30, 2021

Saving Mexico’s ancient canal gardens: Xochimilco

Mexico’s ancient canal gardens, Xochimilco, once belonged to the powerful Aztec empire.  Fast-forward 500 years, nature resides, along with trash. “I think we all know that humans caused this, and our way of life,” said Andres Castillo Martinez, a conservationist. “Mexico City demands water and […] Read More...
July 28, 2021

Saving Mexico’s ancient canal gardens: Xochimilco

Mexico’s ancient canal gardens, Xochimilco, once belonged to the powerful Aztec empire.  Fast-forward 500 years, nature resides, along with trash. “I think we all know that humans caused this, and our way of life,” said Andres Castillo Martinez, a conservationist. “Mexico City demands water and […] Read More...
June 27, 2021

U.S. Vice President travels to Mexico border

  U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to the border city of El Paso, Texas on Friday. She spoke with U.S. Border Patrol officials, faith leaders and migrants’ rights activists. As record numbers of undocumented immigrants attempt to enter the U.S. from Mexico, Harris hopes […] Read More...
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