Tracy L. Barnett

Independent writer, editor and photographer

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. She can be reached at TracyLBarnett (at) gmail.com.

Portfolio

Lessons and memories from the Web of Life
Darién's endangered wetlands represent all the intricate natural systems that support life on this planet. I saw this as I watched the crystaline waters of a spring mingle with...
Spirituality, ecology and science weave together to form Web of Life
In the tiny country where a slice through the Earth connects its two greatest oceans, Maryknoll Sr. Melinda Roper and her fellow sisters have staked a claim to protect a bit of...
From Death Squads to Web of Life: Sr. Melinda Roper's Journey
Melinda Roper was at the helm of the Maryknoll Sisters in 1980, when four U.S. churchwomen were murdered in El Salvador. Under her leadership, the sisters fought for justice,...
Huichol leader assassinations "a wound to the heart of the community" - Intercontinental Cry
Este artículo está disponible en español aquí GUADALAJARA - As commissioner of public lands for the indigenous Wixárika territory of San Sebastian Teponahuaxtlán, Miguel Vázquez...
Mexican authorities urged to boost security after indigenous activists killed
Double homicide comes amid a resurgence in violence from drug cartels and follows a spate of killings of journalists and activists By Tracy Barnett - National, state and local...
Asesinatos de dos líderes huicholes: 'Es un agravio al corazón de la comunidad' -...
An English version of this article is available here GUADALAJARA - Como comisariado de bienes comunales en favor del territorio indígena wixárika de San Sebastian...
Panama's hydroelectric boom destroys ecosystems, threatens rural way of life
"The focus of our environmental activism should be for the defense of human rights - because the rights to land and to water, those are fundamental rights," says Sr. Edia López....
Washington hearing is activists' last hope in battle over Panama dam
Speaking in a panel before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are, from left: Ileana Yahaira Molo Alvarado of La Red de Derechos Humanos de Panamá; Evidelio Adames...
A wall in their river: Flooded Ngäbe communities continue to fight dam
The Barro Blanco dam: Despite years of fierce resistance, the dam on the Tabasará River has submerged indigenous homes, farms and sacred sites. To local communities and...
Voices from Standing Rock
OCETI SAKOWIN CAMP, N.D.-A winter lull in activities for Water Protectors at Standing Rock is about to come to an end. An executive order confirming the incoming...
Mexican ranchers and indigenous people urge government to solve land conflict
At issue are vast stretches of property that ranchers want for intensive agriculture but their neighbours want it for subsistence farming By Tracy Barnett LA YESCA, Mexico, Dec...
Wixarika take a stand: An Indigenous community takes back their land from Mexican ranchers
A contingent of at least 1,000 indigenous Wixárika (Huichol) people in the Western Sierra Madre are gearing up to take back their lands after a legal decision in a decade-long...
Welcome Back: As U.S. travel restrictions ease, Americans return to Cuba.
“My parents named me John, and I was John until the revolution,” explained my new friend. “Then, with all the problems—you know, John Kennedy, the Bay of Pigs—it just wasn’t...
The village that survived a war
"This is the bridge where the war started," said Mustafa as we crossed over the sparkling Miljacka River that divides the Bosnian city of Sarajevo. I had walked over this bridge...
San Antonio Missions preserve Native American history in Texas's first World Heritage Site
Two weathered gravestones sit in a small, dusty rectangle in front of the grand Spanish church at the heart of the nation's newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, the San Antonio...
Feet on Fire: Immerse Yourself in San Antonio's Hot Flamenco Scene
San Antonio’s Tex-Mex roots influence much of its entertainment offerings, but the Spanish culture of the region’s first European settlers is still thriving.
Ahuisculco villagers ring in 2016 camped in front of bulldozers - El Daily Post
The battle to defend the natural springs of clear water might not only have gotten this Jalisco community to protect its natural resources, it might also have unified the...
Rob Hopkins y la red de Transición: el poder de simplemente hacer las cosas (Rob Hopkins and the...
¿Qué pasará cuando se acabe el petróleo? Ésta fue la pregunta que se hizo Rob Hopkins, ambientalista inglés preocupado por el cambio climático. Con una diferencia: en vez de...
San Antonio's Missions declared a World Heritage site
Five cherished portals to America's Spanish colonial past have just been elevated to the stature of Machu Picchu, Stonehenge and the Taj Mahal with Sunday's decision by the...
New national monuments honor human rights
A utopian village that became ground zero for the labor rights movement, a Hawaiian jungle that became a hell for World War II prisoners and one of the country's most popular...
National Parks: Revisiting "America's best idea" | Roads Less Traveled
Historian and author Wallace Stegner once called the National Park System “America’s best idea.” Nearly a century after the park service was established, most who have had the...
Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians
Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians is an award-winning documentary about the Wixarika People, one of the last living Pre-Hispanic cultures in Latin America, and their struggle...
Ten Years on the Front Lines of Indigenous Struggles: Interview With John "Ahni" Schertow,...
Ten years ago, when John "Ahni" Schertow launched the award-winning magazine Intercontinental Cry , about 50 Indigenous Nations led their own front-line struggles to save some...
People Land Truth
Written by IC Magazine's volunteer contributors, People Land Truth 2014 features more than two dozen original stories including Rudolph Ryser's analysis of Russia's ongoing...
Vandana Shiva: La Gandhi de las Semillas (Vandana Shiva: The Gandhi of Seeds)
Inspirada en los principios éticos y políticos de Gandhi, Vandana Shiva se ha convertido en una de las voces más críticas ante las políticas de industrialización de la...
In the Wake of the Ancients
At this spiritual center of the Polynesian universe, at the foot of the sacred mountain, I sought an answer to the question that brought me here: in this land of the perpetual...
El efecto Butterfly (The Butterfly Effect)
It’s hard to say what was the most dramatic moment in that 738 days that Julia “Butterfly” Hill spent atop that platform in a redwood tree named Luna. Perhaps it was the day of...
Huicholes en Pie de Guerra (Huicholes on the Warpath)
For the Huicholes, the territory of Wirikuta, in North Central Mexico, is sacred; for a Candian corporation it's the site of its next big mining project. Meanwhile, the...
Panama City
Take that, Henry Morgan. The notorious Welsh privateer and pirate would be stunned to see what became of the city he burned to the ground in 1671. With a skyline that...

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