About VICTORIA MACCHI
Minority affairs and demographics reporter for the Naples Daily News. I generally cover immigration, census reports, and the Hispanic and Haitian communities. Every so often, the beat also includes religion, homeless, disability, and GLBTQ issues. As I write this, however, I'm covering black bear management plans while wearing knee-high galoshes during a fierce storm. Newsrooms are strange places.
I received my B.Sc. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, did my M.A. work in Human Rights at Columbia University, and have a certificate in Political Journalism and Cultural Analysis from the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya in Lima, Peru.
I've been a journalist in the Middle East and South America, but Southwest Florida will always be home.
In addition to always having a valid passport on hand, I speak fluent Spanish and French, and enough Arabic to order food, get around in a taxi, and curse -- the reporter's toolbox.
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Mother, boyfriend sentenced in 2007 death of 8-month-old in Immokalee
Published 06/10/2013 at 7:03 p.m.
A mother of an infant killed in Immokalee five years ago was sentenced Monday for his death. The woman's boyfriend was sentenced last week.
Gov. Scott's veto of law for immigrants' driver's licenses creates confusion
Published 06/08/2013 at 8:30 a.m.
State driver's license officials, immigration attorneys and lawmakers are sorting through the meaning of a bill Gov. Rick Scott vetoed despite widespread legislative backing.
Murder suspect Mesac Damas appears for court hearing
Published 06/05/2013 at 10:03 a.m.
Mesac Damas, charged with the 2009 killings of his wife and five children, appears in court.
North Naples baby sitter gets 10 years in prison for hitting infant in 2010
Published 06/04/2013 at 9:38 a.m.
A 27-year-old North Naples woman this morning was sentenced to 10 years in prison for hitting a 5-month-old in the head with a bottle in 2010.
Collier rally urges Radel to support Senate immigration reform proposal
Published 05/30/2013 at 6:50 p.m.
A citizens group gathered Thursday near the Collier office for Congressman Trey Radel to urge his support of a Senate immigration reform proposal.
Fair Food panel touted as success in auditing higher pay for field workers
Published 05/30/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers entered agreements with growers to have them pay workers a penny more per pound for tomatoes picked in the fields. A nonprofit council is getting credit for making sure the higher wages are paid.
Clam Pass dredging topic of Pelican Bay panel meeting
Published 05/24/2013 at 6 a.m.
What's the latest with the Clam Pass dredging project?
Man acquitted of Collier arson after defense questions witness' legal status and motive
Published 05/22/2013 at 7:50 p.m.
The boyfriend was accused of setting fire to his girlfriend's house in Golden Gate. But the defense contended she's an undocumented worker and was using the case to get a special visa to stay in the U.S. as a crime ...
NAACP coming to Naples this week for Leadership 500 Summit
Published 05/22/2013 at 6 a.m.
Focused on attracting mid-career individuals as active members, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People holds a national leadership meeting in Naples this week.
The odds are in Immokalee graduate's favor
Published 05/22/2013 at 4:57 a.m.
The odds weren't in Jesus Velazco's favor early in life.Not when his mother snuck him and his siblings across the border from Mexico without papers, nor the ensuing eight years living undocumented in Immokalee.
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