About Saundra

Saundra Amrhein has been a journalist for more than 23 years with a special focus on immigration news and Cuba. She is a 2016-17 winner of a Public Scholar award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a book-writing grant to assist in the completion of her book on Cuba. In 2015-16, she was a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. During her career as a reporter, she has covered everything from gang wars in Chicago to hurricanes in Florida, all the while carving out in-depth reports and moving narratives about immigration and asylum issues. A decade-long reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, she wrote the award-winning book Green Card Stories, which was released in 2012 and captured the life stories of 50 recent immigrants and their arduous journeys toward becoming U.S. permanent residents and citizens. With a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, she obtained a master’s degree in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, following the completion of a thesis based on years of research in Cuba. As a freelance journalist, she has written for Thomson Reuters news agency and Politico Magazine. Saundra is based in Florida, where she is currently at work writing her book on Cuba. Web:www.saundraamrhein.com