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Saundra Amrhein is a freelance journalist, writer, author, speaker and reporter writing articles, news and blogs about Immigration and Cuba.
She is the author of Green Card Stories, a 2012 book of dramatic narratives and compelling photos depicting the journeys of 50 recent U.S. immigrants.
A former reporter at the St. Petersburg Times, she has been a
journalist for more than 21 years, focusing on immigration, asylum and refugee issues.
A native of Pittsburgh, she obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and started her career as a reporter at the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago wire service before
working at Florida Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer newspapers. In 1999 she went to the then-St. Petersburg Times, now the
Tampa Bay Times, where she spent the next decade covering government and immigration in Florida.
She has reported from Honduras and Cuba during her years as a journalist and has studied at language schools in Guatemala, Mexico and Ecuador, becoming fluent in Spanish.
In addition to completing her new book, Green Card Stories, she recently obtained a master's degree in Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa, having written a thesis based on years of her research in Cuba.
Saundra also has been a speaker at conferences, seminars, lectures and panel discussions on
immigration issues and Cuba, speaking alongside immigration experts and analysts discussing immigration reform and other immigration news.
Saundra currently works as a freelance journalist, including for the Reuters news agency,
and is writing a book about Cuba. She also writes a blog on immigration news and Cuba that combines her work and other immigration journalistsí reporting with immigration studies by social scientists and experts on immigration and
Cuba from universities around the world. With the blog, she
seeks to bridge the spheres of journalism and social science studies on the issues of immigration and Cuba, pairing the immediacy of journalism and the depth of the social sciences, with the goal of helping to broaden the national discussion on these topics.