Frances Robles is an award-winning journalist for the New York Times who has covered South Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America for two decades. In 2013, she spent several months covering police misconduct and wrongful convictions before heading to Florida to be a national and foreign correspondent.
Her investigation into the shoddy detective work of a Brooklyn homicide detective led four murder convictions to be overturned and won a 2014 George Polk award. Her coverage of the 2014 border crisis changed the national conversation of the critical topic. She covered the crisis in Ferguson, the Ebola outbreak in Dallas and historic policy changes in Cuba.
She previously worked at at the Miami Herald, where her coverage ranged from Hugo Chavez's cancer, baseball in Santo Domingo to the plight of critically ill children in quake-ravaged Haiti. She's covered government collapses in four countries, a civil war and specializes in social justice issues. Robles spent six years covering Cuba, including Fidel Castro's resignation and the government's transition to his brother, Raúl.
Prior to becoming the Miami Herald's lead reporter on the Trayvon Martin case, she was based in both Nicaragua and Bogotá, Colombia. Her first job was covering suburban schools for the Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Robles has been a member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams and was a finalist for two more. A native New Yorker who graduated from NYU, she was a 2004-2005 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University.