Cindy Carcamo covers immigration issues for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she was Arizona bureau chief and a national correspondent for the Times, focusing on border and immigration issues in the Southwest. A Los Angeles native, she has reported from Mexico, Central America and South America for the Times, Orange County Register and during her time as an Inter American Press Assn. scholar. Most recently, she reported from Honduras while covering the Central American exodus. She was part of a team of reporters who won an Overseas Press Club award for stories on the issue. She is also the recipient of the French-American Foundation's 2012 Immigration Journalism Award and was a finalist for the 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Journalism and 2011 Livingston Award. In 2000, she graduated with a journalism degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.