Minimal food, freezing temperatures and no chance for sleep. That’s how three children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala described detention centers the U.S.
Minimal food, freezing temperatures and no chance for sleep. That’s how three children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala described detention centers the U.S.
Volunteering at Arlington National Cemetery gives Shayne Newman goose bumps.
First lady Michelle Obama was joined by dozens of children to promote better water-drinking habits.
 
 
 

Kristopher Rivera - Fall 2012

I sat in a psychology course one day during my sophomore year at the University of Texas at El Paso, I began to question if I really wanted to pursue a career in psychology, which was my major. I was at a crossroad and began to think of how choices now would shape my future. At the moment I thought about how I never had a difficult time in my writing classes, and I enjoyed reading about bands in music magazines, including Alternative Press, Rolling Stone and SPIN.

The following semester I switched my major to journalism.

I am now a senior multimedia journalism major at the University of Texas at El Paso. College Prowler, a college guide for students, was my first internship in the field. It was nothing intense, just a brief collection of short essays about UTEP.

The real journalism experience started my junior year at UTEP’s student publication, The Prospector. In a span of about two years I have spent equal amounts of time covering sports, entertainment and news. I had a long-term career goal of writing as a music journalist. But after covering news stories, I began to see that there are far more important topics to report, such as stories about a crumbling missionary chapel in El Paso in need of repair or activists in El Paso protesting the drug war in Mexico.

Although it is hard work to be a journalist, it is also very rewarding. There is always something new to learn in the life of a journalist. You never know what to expect each time you go out and get a story.

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McPherson Square is the place to help homeless people

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Homeless people have settled at McPherson Square since it has been the spot for programs that provide services such as food, medical care and clothing. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Homeless people have settled at McPherson Square since it has been the spot for programs that provide services such as food, medical care and clothing. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraWASHINGTON - McPherson Square, two blocks from the White House, is a common place to see homeless people. They sit on the benches and mostly mind their own business. Something keeps them settled there. Ducks also have a routine of flying down in the late afternoon.

Veterans return home to face battles in classrooms

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Petty Officer First Class Timothy Ortega gazes out to sea from the USS Nimitz during his Western Pacific deployment in 2009. The veterans office at San Diego State University and the student veterans organization on campus, helped him and other veterans in their transition from the military to the classroom. Photo courtesy of Timothy OrtegaClick on photo to enlarge or download: Petty Officer First Class Timothy Ortega gazes out to sea from the USS Nimitz during his Western Pacific deployment in 2009. The veterans office at San Diego State University and the student veterans organization on campus, helped him and other veterans in their transition from the military to the classroom. Photo courtesy of Timothy Ortega

WASHINGTON – Retired Lance Cpl. Phil Lennon, 26, of College Park, Md., resembled Tom Hanks’ character in the movie “Castaway” after he left the Marines in 2008. He let his hair and beard grow. He calls it his “wilderness days,” when he withdrew from society.

El Paso representative’s congressional term ends, personal life begins

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, reflects on eight terms in the House of Representatives. He and his staff spent the week of Nov. 26 clearing out of their office on the second floor of the Rayburn House Office Building. His time representing District 16 came to an end after he lost to Rep.-elect Beto O’Rourke in the primary. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, reflects on eight terms in the House of Representatives. He and his staff spent the week of Nov. 26 clearing out of their office on the second floor of the Rayburn House Office Building. His time representing District 16 came to an end after he lost to Rep.-elect Beto O’Rourke in the primary. SHFWire photo by Kristopher Rivera

WASHINGTON – It has been 16 years since Rep. Silvestre Reyes and his wife, Carolina Reyes, have had a vacation.

Tribal nations conference brings Native American, U.S. government together

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Native American Women Warriors color guard presented the colors at the beginning of the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Native American Women Warriors color guard presented the colors at the beginning of the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference. SHFWire photo by Kristopher Rivera

WASHINGTON – Native American leaders from across the country met with government officials Wednesday at the 2012 White House Tribal National Conference.

Lawyers argue hospital reimbursements and pollution in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Tuesday that the United States must pay when it permanently damages property as a result of floods created when water is released from upstream dams.

Low draw, but a decent office for new Texas House member

Click on photo to enlarge or download: At the end of his office hunt Rep.-elect Beto O’Rourke, his wife, Amy O’Rourke, and David Wysong, head of O’Rourke’s transition team, keep track of which rooms have been taken and which are still available as newly elected House members begin to choose their offices. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraClick on photo to enlarge or download: At the end of his office hunt Rep.-elect Beto O’Rourke, his wife, Amy O’Rourke, and David Wysong, head of O’Rourke’s transition team, keep track of which rooms have been taken and which are still available as newly elected House members begin to choose their offices. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraWASHINGTON - Newly elected members of the House of Representatives were in a light mood Friday as they drew numbers in the lottery that would assign their offices for the next two years.

El Paso, Texas, freshman House member gets preview of Capitol life

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Beto O’Rourke spent last week at the U.S. Capitol. Along with the other freshmen members of Congress, he attended orientation sessions. He will participate in a lottery for office space Nov. 30 – new members draw numbers, and those with the highest numbers get to choose available office space first. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Beto O’Rourke spent last week at the U.S. Capitol. Along with the other freshmen members of Congress, he attended orientation sessions. He will participate in a lottery for office space Nov. 30 – new members draw numbers, and those with the highest numbers get to choose available office space first. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraWASHINGTON - Rep.- elect Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas,  in the capital this week for new-member orientation, said he was surprised with the warm welcome veteran colleagues had for the freshman class of the 113th Congress.

New House Democrats get a warm introduction on Capitol Hill

Click on photo to enlarge or download: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., introduces the newly elected class of freshmen representatives at a news conference Tuesday. The new members were in town for orientation. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraClick on photo to enlarge or download: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., introduces the newly elected class of freshmen representatives at a news conference Tuesday. The new members were in town for orientation. SHFWire photo by Kristopher Rivera

WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced she will seek to remain House Democratic leader at a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday.

Daltrey, Townshend of The Who share their wealth with young cancer patients

Click on photo to enlarge or download: The Who’s Pete Townshend answers a question from the audience Monday about his thoughts about this generation’s rock music. Roger Daltrey is the background at the National Press Club luncheon. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraClick on photo to enlarge or download: The Who’s Pete Townshend answers a question from the audience Monday about his thoughts about this generation’s rock music. Roger Daltrey is the background at the National Press Club luncheon. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraWASHINGTON – At a luncheon held a day before The Who was scheduled to play a show at the Verizon Center, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend spoke about their program to help teens cope with cancer.

Allen admits defeat to Kaine in Virginia’s tight Senate race

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Former Virginia governor and senator George Allen concedes defeat Tuesday in Richmond in his quest to return to the Senate. With him are his wife, Susan, and their children Tyler, Forrest and Brooke. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Former Virginia governor and senator George Allen concedes defeat Tuesday in Richmond in his quest to return to the Senate. With him are his wife, Susan, and their children Tyler, Forrest and Brooke. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraRICHMOND, Va. - Former governor George Allen admitted defeat in a speech before his supporters Tuesday at what they hoped would be a victory rally. Allen spoke on stage with his wife, Susan, and their children.

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