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 is currently finishing a book on sustainability initiatives throughout the Americas. 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)

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Westways Magazine

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...

Washington Post

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...

Texas Journey

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.

El Daily Post

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...

.: ITESO | MAGIS | profesiones + innovación + cultura

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...

USA Today

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...

USA Today

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

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...

The Huffington Post

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...

Intercontinental Cry

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...

.: ITESO | MAGIS | profesiones + innovación + cultura

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...

Westways Magazine

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...

.: ITESO | MAGIS | profesiones + innovación + cultura

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...

Esquire Latin America

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...

National Geographic Travel en Español

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...