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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Investors should use prudence in stock market, experts say
Published 05/21/2013 at 8 p.m.
What do financial experts say about the stock market's recent surge?
Missing: Cases of located girls, women conjure up memories of Wendy Hudakoc
Published 05/17/2013 at 6 p.m.
The discovery of three women held hostage in a Cleveland home prompted the sister of long-missing Collier teenage Wndy Hudakoc to reflect on the 1998 disapearance.
No joke: Off the Hook Comedy Club moving from Marco to Bonita, expanding
Published 05/15/2013 at 5:33 a.m.
Bonita Springs may have the last laugh as a well-known comedy club in Collier County moves from Marco Island to Bonita Springs, tripling its size and creating 200 jobs. Why did it choose Bonita Springs?
Fall trial expected in Lee in the 2008 death of Tia Poklemba
Published 05/08/2013 at 6 a.m.
The defense in the case against Luis Gonzalez, accused in the death of Tia Poklemba, wants a state agency's help in an aspect of preparing the defense's case.
Collier, Lee counties home to thousands of Guatemalan transplants
Published 05/07/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
A smugglers' route ended up directing thousands of Guatemalans to end up in Collier and Lee counties.
Guatemalans in Southwest Florida recall the 'hell' of genocide in native land
Updated 05/10/2013 at 8:19 p.m.
BREAKING NEWS -- Ex-dictator convicted Friday of genocide in Guatemala Guatemalans in Southwest Florida are monitoring from afar the genocide trial of Efraín Ríos Montt, the country’s former president. “For us, it became hell. It was fear, day and night ...
Issues wide-ranging at Radel's Latino town meeting in Fort Myers
Published 04/30/2013 at 9:26 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Trey Radel met Tuesday with dozens of constituents in a two-hour question-and-answer session aimed at Latinos that drew a bipartisan, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual audience.
Radel plans Latin-oriented town meeting next week in Fort Myers
Published 04/27/2013 at 7 a.m.
The next stop in Congressman Trey Radel’s occasional series of Southwest Florida community meetings will be in “Spanglish.”
Sequester likely to blame for flight delays at RSW
Updated 04/22/2013 at 6:16 p.m.
Nearly 60 flights were delayed Monday at Southwest Florida International Airport.
Florida's federal lawmakers and immigration advocates respond to Senate bill
Published 04/18/2013 at 7:51 p.m.
Southwest Florida has a voice in the Congressional fight for immigration reform with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart in the U.S. House of Representatives, but this week the state’s leading GOP presence, Sen. Marco Rubio, and other members of the so-called “Gang ...
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