This story was made possible by a generous grant from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Continuous reporting conducted in the field from June 12 to July 17, 2009, can be found on Boyer's Pulitzer blog.
Tracy Boyer is an award-winning multimedia producer, specializing in interactive data visualization and visual storytelling. She is obtaining her masters degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, studying Human-Computer Interaction in the School’s Information Science program. In her spare time she maintains the multimedia blog, Innovative Interactivity. Previously, she was a multimedia producer at Roanoke.com, served as the UNC correspondent for CNN.com and interned with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 2007, she was selected to participate in the Poynter Summer Fellowship. Boyer graduated with a multimedia degree from UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
I want to sincerely thank everyone who supported me and helped to make this trip possible. A big thank you goes to my mentors Laura Ruel, Don Wittekind and Seth Gitner for writing recommendation letters on my behalf to help me secure this grant. Thanks to Yanire Estrada, Janell Orisa McBride Gilharry, and Brett Jennings for their help as translators during the reporting stage. I also want to thank the non-profit Shoulder to Shoulder for allowing me to live in and work from their clinic in Santa Lucia. Thank you 5M Studios for providing a deserving title treatment for the site. Most importantly, thank you Nathalie Applewhite, Ann Peters, and everyone else at The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for granting me this opportunity and working with me throughout the past two months.