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Mexico - The Deadly Standoff, August 2003
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Garance Burke
Garance Burke, who reported from Mexico City for four years, stringing for the Boston Globe, is currently enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley's graduate school of journalism. She was selected as a FRONTLINE/World Fellow in spring 2003. (photo: Hyosub Shin)

What is the
Fellows program?
FRONTLINE/World Fellow Garance Burke traveled through Chiapas in spring 2003 in an effort to better understand how the once-hot Zapatista rebellion had cooled into a still-dangerous but largely ignored armed standoff. From 1997 to 2001, Burke was a reporter based in Mexico City writing for the Boston Globe and other publications.

Just after the 2000 presidential elections in Mexico, she spent time reporting on the then-high hopes, in Chiapas and across the rest of the country, that the stalemate would be broken by the new, reform-minded president, Vicente Fox. Fox promised during his campaign to resolve the conflict "in 15 minutes." Three years later, Burke returned to Chiapas for FRONTLINE/World, to explore disturbing signs that the region could flare again.

Chapter 1: A Stalled Revolution

FRONTLINE/World Fellows
Part of the Web-exclusive FRONTLINE/World Fellowship program. FRONTLINE/World is exploring partnerships with some of the leading graduate schools of journalism around the United States with the goal of identifying and developing the best of an emerging generation of journalists. The FRONTLINE/World Fellowship program is supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Read more about the program.