Ioan Grillo

Mexico Correspondent for Time Magazine

Ioan Grillo appears in the following:

Mass Protests Over Mexico’s Missing Students

Friday, November 07, 2014

There have been mass protests in Mexico this week over the slow pace of an investigation of 43 missing student teachers in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26th.


Notorious Drug Lord El Chapo Captured After Decade-Long Manhunt

Monday, February 24, 2014

His name is Joaquin Guzman Loera, a man that Chicago law enforcement called "Enemy Number One." But most know him simply as "El Chapo"—the kingpin of the Sinaloa drug cartel, who netted up to $3 billion a year through his international drug trafficking operations and left a bloodbath along the away. This Saturday, he was captured in a joint effort by Mexican authorities and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Ioan Grillo discusses the significance of this arrest. In addition to having covered Mexican cartels for more than a decade, Ioan is the author of “El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency.”

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Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Nearing the US

Monday, June 04, 2012

We hear stores almost daily now about violence among drug cartels in Mexico, but over the weekend some of that violence spilled over the border. Police in rural Arizona found a charred SUV with five bodies inside along a stretch of desert road commonly used as a smuggling route. Authorities haven't charged anyone for the crime, but all signs are pointing to the cartels.


Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency

Monday, November 28, 2011

Journalist Ioan Grillo, who has spent a decade in Mexico reporting on the drug wars from the front lines, draws a portrait of Mexico's drug cartels and how they have radically transformed in the last decade. His book El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency includes testimonies from inside the cartels, firsthand dispatches, and analysis.

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Alleged Drug Kingpin La Barbie Caught in Mexico City

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A middle-class ex-high school football star named Edgar Valdez Villarreal has long been in the sights of authorities, who allege Villarreal is one of the most successful drug traffickers in Mexico. On Monday, federal police caught Villarreal, a.k.a. "La Barbie," after an intense manhunt that lasted a year and saw the cooperation of Mexican and U.S. authorities.


Officials Related to US Consulate Killed in Mexico City Drug War

Monday, March 15, 2010

More tragic news from the drug-war torn nation south of our border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. On Saturday, three people with ties to the American consulate were shot and two killed in a drive-by shooting.

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Mexico City Legalizes Gay Marriage

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mexico City lawmakers Monday voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the capitol – a move that would also give same-sex couples the ability to adopt children. It was a stunning move in a conservative Catholic nation. Ioan Grillo is Mexico Correspondent for Time Magazine; he reports on the reaction in Mexico City and throughout the nation.


Mexico Drug Gangs Attack Rehab Clinics

Friday, September 04, 2009

A drug gang stormed a Mexican rehab clinic this week, killing 18 people. The execution was one of the most violent recent incidents in that country's brutal drug war. Time Magazine journalist Ioan Grillo has covered Mexican drug cartels for a long time, and he talks with us about why clinics are being hit and the future of Mexico’s grueling fight against the cartels. 


“The general message the cartels send out to the public all the time with this kind of brutal don’t dare mess with us, don’t dare stand up against us: we will take you down.” — Ioan Grillo, Time Magazine journalist who has covered Mexican drug cartels for a long time


President Obama Heads to Mexico for "Three Amigos" Summit

Monday, August 10, 2009

President Obama is in Mexico today for meetings with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts. There's a lot on the agenda and The Takeaway has got a range of voices weighing in on NAFTA, border security and the swine flu. Bret Caldwell is a Director of Communications with the Teamsters Union, Ioan Grillo is a reporter in Mexico City with Time Magazine, and Diana Washington-Valdez is a reporter with the El Paso Times who focuses on US and Mexico border security.

Watch Mexico's President Felipe Calderón welcoming President Obama to Mexico (in Spanish and English)


Mexico's Simmering Civil War

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The violence in Mexico has taken a serious uptick. In the last four days, six federal agents have been killed along with a mayor of a small town in Northern Mexico. A series of eight coordinated attacks in Western Mexico has left many more dead and wounded. The violence has increased in response to President Calderón's efforts to crackdown on drug-related crime. He sent 45,000 troops across the country to lessen the grip of organized crime, which reaches into police forces, government institutions, and mountain villas across the country. Some 11,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since 2006. For more of the story The Takeaway turns to Ioan Grillo, Time Magazine's reporter in Mexico City.

Here's a report on the impact of drug violence on the small town of Ascension, Mexico:


Swine flu: We know it's spreading, but not much else

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We continue our coverage of the outbreak of swine flu that appears to be spreading rapidly across the globe. While the epicenter of the outbreak is in Mexico, there are 50 confirmed cases of people sickened from swine flu in the U.S., including 28 at one New York City school. Around the world, 6 are confirmed in Canada; 2 are confirmed in Scotland (with 7 suspected); at least 10 are suspected in New Zealand. In Spain, there is one confirmed case and 17 suspected ones; one suspected in France and one suspected in Israel. This may appear to be a fast moving story to us non-scientists, but in the medical community, they are taking things slow. The Takeaway talks to Dr. Michael Edmonds, an epidemiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University to find out why.

Also joining the conversation is Tom Skinner, the spokesperson for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to give us the latest on the outbreak in the United States. We also will get a report from Ioan Grillo, Mexico correspondent for Time Magazine. He joins us from the heart of the outbreak in Mexico City.
"The best antidote to fear really is information, so we really do want people to be informed about what's going on and know that there really are steps that they can take to protect themselves and others."
—Tom Skinner of the Centers for Disease Control on swine flu protection
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Q&A: Swine Influenza and You (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Understanding Swine Flu (The New York Times)
Key Facts (CDC)
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Swine flu outbreak causes global concern

Monday, April 27, 2009

An outbreak of swine flu that started in Mexico appears poised to spread across the globe, with confirmed cases in California, Texas, Ohio and New York. The possibility of a pandemic is causing worldwide concern. The Center for Disease Control joins The Takeaway to talk about what you need to know to stay healthy. Also joining the discussion is epidemiologist Dr. Richard Wenzel, immediate past President of the International Society for Infectious Diseases and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, for a look at the the flu, the symptoms, and how we, and the government, should respond.

The Takeaway then turns to Ioan Grillo, Mexico Correspondent for Time Magazine, for look at how Mexico is responding to this health crisis.
"We saw this with avian flu. Primarily young people with what was called cytokine storm, a storm of our own reaction to the virus. So it's possible that that's what's going on in Mexico."
—Dr. Richard Wenzel on the outbreak of swine flu

Ever wonder how the CDC works? It's exactly like this:

Click through for a transcript.


President Obama travels to Mexico City

Thursday, April 16, 2009

President Obama touches down in Mexico City this afternoon for talks with his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon. This is his first trip to Latin America since being inaugurated. Details of the trip are sketchy due to security concerns, but Obama is sure to address ongoing violence stemming from Mexico’s war against drug cartels. The Takeaway talks to Ioan Grillo Mexico Correspondent for Time Magazine.
"The whole nature of this type of conflict is being called here 'Calderon's Iraq.' And that's what it is in some ways: A conflict that is very hard to win, it's very hard to declare terms of victory and it's very hard to get out of."
—Time Magazine's Ioan Grillo on the ongoing conflict in Mexico

For more, here is the AP's report on the visit: