A Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Erin Siegal McIntyre is an independent journalist based on the U.S-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico. Her work currently focuses on the intersections and collisions of human rights, immigration policy, and border issues. She writes, reports, produces, and consults for a variety of news media outlets and publications.
Siegal McIntyre’s first book of investigative reporting exposed fraudulent, criminal, and corrupt practices in international adoption between Guatemala and the United States. Finding Fernanda (Beacon Press, May 8, 2012) detailed the criminal network involved in one case of child kidnapping for international adoption and revealed the breadth of wrongdoing throughout the industry’s history. The New Yorker published an essay featuring her work. Finding Fernanda was the basis for an hour-long CBS special investigation on “48 Hour Mystery” that won a 2015 News Emmy. The Overseas Press Club of America honored Finding Fernanda with a Robert Spiers Benjamin Award citation for best reporting in any medium on Latin America, and the title also earned a James Madison Award, a 2012 Gold IPPY Award, and a 2012 International Latino Book Award.
Her second book, U.S. Cables: International Adoption in Guatemala, 1987-2010, (Cathexis Press, February 1, 2012) is a compilation of diplomatic cables between the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. The cables reveal irregularities in the international adoption system at a time when there were thousands of adoptions by U.S. families taking place in that country, and trace the history of how the troubled business took root in post-war Guatemala.
Siegal McIntyre has spoken at various conferences, and her work has been supported by a variety of grants and fellowships, including a 2012-2013 Soros Media Justice Fellowship. She holds a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York, where she was a 2008-2009 Fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Photography from Parsons.