El Paso Matters is a member-supported nonpartisan media organization that uses journalism to expand civic capacity in the El Paso-Juarez region. The nonprofit newsroom informs and engages with people in El Paso, Ciudad Juarez and neighboring communities to create solutions-driven conversations about complex issues shaping the region.
El Paso Matters was founded in 2019 to fill the region’s local news void and to inform solutions-driven conversations about the complex issues shaping the region, which plays a significant role in national and international conversations around immigration, trade, and the Southern border.
With support from the American Journalism Project, El Paso Matters is pursuing an ambitious three-year goal of doubling its newsroom size to expand beat coverage and original civic reporting for the El Paso region, as well as further invest in community engagement and multilingual content strategy.
The newsroom’s long-term vision includes exploring potential opportunities to scale its model to support a network of bureaus covering communities along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Robert Moore is founder and CEO of El Paso Matters. He has written about border issues for the Washington Post, ProPublica, Texas Monthly and other media outlets for three decades. In 2020, he was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for work that showed that the Border Patrol ignored the worsening condition of a 16-year-old boy who later died of the flu in his cell. He also was part of a Washington Post team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for coverage of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.
Julián Aguilar is an El Paso native who has covered border issues for the Texas Tribune since 2010. He also has reported for the Laredo Morning Times and Rio Grande Guardian. Julián is a graduate of the University of Texas and has a masters degree from the University of North Texas.