Mireya Navarro, known as “Mia,” is a writer with The New York Times. Her career has included stints as Miami bureau chief and contributions to two Pulitzer-winning projects: “Portraits of Grief,” the poignant profiles of 9/11 victims, and “How Race is Lived in America,” a comprehensive look at race relations. Both projects were later released as books.
She’s also the author of Green Wedding, a book about environmentally responsible weddings and celebrations.
Most recently, she has worked as the environmental beat writer for New York, covering the controversy over natural gas drilling upstate and Mayor Bloomberg’s environmental agenda, PlaNYC, in the city.
She has been the Sunday Styles correspondent in Los Angeles and also reported on culture and the arts.
Navarro was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She moved to the states to attend college and has lived on both the East and West coasts. She earned her B.A. in journalism from George Washington University in Washington D.C., and her masters in journalism from Columbia University. She also attended the University of Michigan for one year as a Michigan Journalism Fellow.
She has taught journalism as an adjunct professor at Columbia University, as a visiting faculty member for the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education in California, and as a visiting professor at San Francisco City College. She is regularly invited to speak in schools and colleges about her career. She is also a sought-after moderator of literary conversations with Latino authors, including Junot Diaz, Esmeralda Santiago, and Oscar Hijuelos.
Navarro is married to journalist James Sterngold. She makes her home in both Manhattan and Montclair, N.J.