Project Description

MARCELA GUTIÉRREZ

Journalist

I came to the UK in 1998 to study a Master’s degree in Media and Communication at the London School of Economics. When I finished my postgraduate degree, I started working at the BBC in the Latin American section. I was an anchor for the radio news programmes, interviewing academics, politicians, and experts, and also producer from 1999 until 2007. These roles allowed me to reach a wide Latin American audience.

In 2009, I became a UK correspondent for the Mexican News Agency, Notimex, until 2019. Currently, I am a freelance journalist for international news organisations such as Univisión (USA), France 24, Telecinco Spain and El Financiero / Bloomberg México. As a freelance journalist, I have managed to internationalise my career in prestigious international media that broadcast in Spanish for Hispanic audiences. My integration into British society has come about mainly through connections at work and friendships that I have developed at my childrens’ schools.

As a correspondent in the United Kingdom, I have interviewed talented Mexicans such as the lead principal ballet dancer with the English National Ballet, Isaac Hernández, filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro, actresses Salma Hayek, Marina de Tavira and Yalitza Aparicio. I have also interviewed leading scientists and academics such as Prof. Alejandro Madrigal and Dr. Elizabeth Baquedano. For more than a decade I have published articles and reviews on the Day of the Dead, the exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s dresses at the V&A Museum (2018), the exhibition of the Mayans and Leonora Carrington in Liverpool (2015), as well as the successful exhibition of Moctezuma in the British Museum (2009). I am part of a network of Mexicans in the UK and I like to preserve Mexican traditions at home.

Marcela Gutiérrez