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Nancy San Martín
Nancy San Martín, a contributor for NAHJ’s digital publication palabra., has more than 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor. She currently serves as Deputy Managing Editor for History & Culture at National Geographic.
At NatGeo, she works with a diverse group of contributors to create authentic and inclusive stories about both historical topics and the modern day human condition, reflecting successes as well as global challenges across multiple platforms.
Before joining NatGeo, San Martín served as Managing Editor of el Nuevo Herald, overseeing journalism and digital growth. She also served as Visuals Editor, supervising the photography and video teams for the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.
San Martín is a near-native Miamian, born in East Los Angeles (of a Cuban father and a Mexican-American mother) but raised in Miami. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Florida International University.
San Martín began her career in journalism as a college intern for the Miami Herald. She was hired after graduation and spent three years covering South Florida’s diverse communities. In 1992, San Martín joined the SunSentinel, in Ft. Lauderdale, where her responsibilities as immigration reporter led to overseas assignments in Cuba, Haiti and other Caribbean nations.
In 1998, San Martín joined The Dallas Morning News, where she was chief of the border bureau in El Paso, TX covering the U.S.-Mexico region. She returned to the Herald in 2001 as a member of the World Desk, where her coverage took her across the globe, from the war in Afghanistan and devastation in post-earthquake Haiti to political turmoil across the Americas and global warming effects in Greenland.