Katherine Corcoran is an American journalist who has worked more than three decades in newspapers and The Associated, where she was bureau chief overseeing coverage of Mexico and Central America from 2010 to 2015.
She first joined the AP as an editor on the Latin America Desk after stints at the San Jose Mercury News, the Denver Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Under her leadership, the AP broke major stories, including the Mexican army massacre of at least 12 suspected criminals after they had surrendered. The AP Mexico bureau was the first media outlet to interview illegal poppy growers feeding the heroin explosion in Mexico and the US, and wrote numerous stories detailing how criminal violence affects ordinary people in the region. Her team’s work was recognized by the Overseas Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Sigma Delta Chi, Associated Press Media Editors, Colombia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize and others.
Corcoran currently focuses on violence against the press in Mexico, among other topics. She has been a fellow with the East-West Center in Honolulu and the Washington, D.C.-based Alicia Patterson Foundation. Most recently, she was the 2017-18 Hewlett Fellow for Public Policy at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to working on her journalism, she taught a self-designed course on Media and Global Affairs and contributed to the development of the Kellogg Institute’s pilot Global Leadership Program.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Corcoran has taught graduate-level journalism courses at Stanford University and at the University of California at Berkeley, where she piloted a course to train students in digital community journalism that won a $500,000 Ford Foundation grant.