Ivette Feliciano, Carleton College

Featured Alumna

Winter 2009

Carleton Posse 1 (Chicago) alumna Ivette Feliciano has her dream job. As an associate producer for Worldfocus, a New York-based daily international news program of PBS, she is responsible for producing and editing news on Latin America.

Since joining Worldfocus in 2008, Ivette has covered a wide range of stories, traveling to such places as Tijuana, Mexico, where she reported on the drug war and its impact on families, tourism and the local economy.

She has also traveled to Bolivia to cover the controversial debate on coca cultivation, a hot-button issue with the country’s president, Evo Morales, whom Ivette also had the opportunity to interview during a visit to the United Nations.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, to Puerto Rican immigrants, Ivette always knew she wanted to be a journalist. She graduated with honors from Carleton College in 2005 with a degree in international relations and in 2008 earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

“Carleton really prepared me for Columbia,” Ivette says. “I’ve never experienced anything as academically rigorous as Carleton. It also opened a lot of doors for me in terms of world experience.”

While at Carleton, Ivette participated in a three-month francophone studies program in Mali, Africa, and visited Guatemala as part of a sociology course. As a Mellon Mays Fellowship recipient, she also spent a month in Brazil researching the country’s evangelical movement, an experience that became the basis for her undergraduate thesis and the first story she pitched at Worldfocus.

“It gives me great satisfaction to be able to speak on Latin American issues—something that is so close to my heart,” says Ivette. “It’s really exciting to be where I am right now.”