Tracy L. Barnett is an independent writer, editor and photographer specializing in environmental issues, indigenous rights and sustainable travel. She has served as Travel Editor of the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, and is currently based in Guadalajara. She is the founder of The Esperanza Project, a social change magazine focused on the Americas, and serves on the editorial board for Intercontinental Cry, a magazine dedicated to indigenous struggles around the world.
As a bilingual author and journalist, she has written in English and Spanish for a wide range of magazines and newspapers including the Washington Post, BBC, USA Today, National Geographic Traveler en Español, Esquire Latin America, Thomson Reuters and Huffington Post.
At the Chronicle and the Express-News, she won numerous writing and editing awards, including the North American Travel Journalists Association’s top award for destination travel and the Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers.
She was a founding editor of Rumbo Newspapers, a group of Spanish-language newspapers serving the immigrant communities of Texas. She was also the founding editor of Adelante, a bilingual newsmagazine serving the immigrant communities of Central Missouri, based at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she taught for ten years, serving as assistant director for Investigative Reporters and Editors, and worked at newspapers in Missouri, California and Illinois.
She has traveled extensively throughout the developing world and has worked with Latin American journalists since the early 1990s in a variety of capacities. She is the author of four books for high school students. She has a BJ and a master’s degree, the latter specializing in science writing, from the University of Missouri.