Dr. Melita M. Garza is an associate professor at Texas Christian University’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication in Fort Worth, Texas. She teaches courses on media literacy and fake news, journalism history, business journalism and accountability reporting, and diversity and the media. Prior to earning her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012, she was an award-winning journalist for the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, and the Los Angeles Times, among other organizations. In her more than two decades as a reporter, she wrote about immigrant, refugee, and ethnic communities while developing expertise on the nation’s energy, manufacturing, and technology industries. Her MBA is from the University of Chicago. She is the author of They Came to Toil: Newspaper Representations of Mexicans and Immigrants in the Great Depression (University of Texas Press, 2018), which examines the way English- and Spanish-language newspapers framed immigration in a time of deep economic crisis. In addition to issues concerning the role of media and democracy, immigration, business and economic news, she is considered a leading expert on Spanish-language media in the United States.
Dr. Garza has been interviewed on C-Span Book TV; by Krys Boyd, host of KERA’s THINK program; and Texas Public Radio, among other outlets.

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