Melita M. Garza is associate professor in the journalism department in the Illinois College of Media at the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana.
She is an American journalism historian who studies news as an agent of democracy, specializing in English- and Spanish-language news, the immigrant press, and coverage of underrepresented groups. Garza is the author of the award-winning They Came to Toil: Newspaper Representations of Mexicans and Immigrants in the Great Depression (University of Texas Press, 2018). They Came to Toil examines English- and Spanish-language news coverage of immigrants during the longest economic downturn in the United States. She is a founding faculty member of TCU’s interdisciplinary department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES). Her work has been published in Journalism History, American Journalism, and the Howard Journal of Communications.
She earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 after two decades reporting for the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, and the Los Angeles Times. At the Chicago Tribune, she pioneered the paper’s ethnic affairs beat, and covered immigration, among other topics. Dr. Garza also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Harvard University. She teaches journalism history, media literacy, business journalism, and diversity and the media.
Work for CID: Melita Garza serves on the CID Advisory Board.