Reportero is Bernardo Ruiz's first documentary feature. He is currently serving as executive producer of two one-hour documentaries examining the nation's dropout crisis, as part of the public-media initiative American Graduate. Previously, he was the director/producer of American Experience: Roberto Clemente (PBS 2008), winner of the NCLR ALMA Award for Outstanding Made-for-Television Documentary. He was the co-producer of POV's The Sixth Section, a depiction of the transnational organizing efforts of a community of Mexican immigrants in New York. The film, which premiered on PBS in 2003, won the top short documentary prize at the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico.
Ruiz is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in film, and his work has been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Sundance Documentary Institute, Cinereach and ITVS, among others. In 2007, he founded Quiet Pictures in order to produce aesthetically innovative and socially relevant documentary films for all platforms. He was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y.