Manuel Roig-Franzia

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Photojournalism,
Studio Arts Program
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Professor Roig-Franzia was born in Spain and grew up in Northern California. He got his start in newspapers at The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, where he not only learned how to write fast and report deeply, but also how to make a mean gumbo.


Current Outside Position

  • Staff writer at the Washington Post
  • Former Miami bureau chief of the Washington Post
  • Former Mexico City bureau chief of the Washington Post


Distinctions & Publications

Manuel Roig-Franzia was called a "poet journalist" in the Washingtonian Magazine. He's reported on drug cartels in Mexico and earthquake survivors in Haiti. On assignment, he's played ping pong with a Man Booker Prize-winning author, and he parred the first hole at Congressional Country Club when he was profiling the best golfer in the political world of Washington, DC. He's the author of the Simon Schuster book, "The Rise of Marco Rubio," and has won numerous regional journalism awards for articles ranging from a profile of an assisted suicide doctor to coverage of the corruption trial of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards.



BA in English literature, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
MA in Journalism, Northwestern University


Professional Organizations

  • Writers Guild