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Marcela García has made history on more than one occasion in her career. Photo: Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe.
Marcela García has made history on more than one occasion in her career. Photo: Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe.

Marcela García makes history as the first Latina columnist for the Boston Globe

Before the promotion, García was the first Latina to sit on the paper’s editorial board.

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Throughout her 15-year journalism career, Marcela E. García has made history more than once.

She is now making history again by being the first Latina columnist ever for the Boston Globe.

The bilingual columnist will now be a regular contributor to The Globe’s opinion section following a promotion.

Prior, she was the first Latina to ever sit on the paper’s editorial board.

“We all bring our own particular life experience to our reporting, it is inescapable. And my own experiences inevitably color the work that I do. I am the first Latina ever to be on the Boston Globe editorial board,” she said in an interview with La Vida Baseball in 2018.

García has many talents and spreads them to other outlets. When she isn't at the Boston Globe, she is also a frequent guest commentator on WGBH Radio 89.7 FM, Boston’s NPR station.

Before heading to editorial writing positions, García was also a correspondent for Telemundo Boston, a special contributor to the Boston Business Journal and editor at El Planeta.

García, who was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, has been proud of her Latino heritage, and openly talks about the ongoing dilemmas that surround Latinos on a daily basis.

“As a Latina immigrant, I have first-hand experience and deep, nuanced understanding of these issues,” she said.

She also told La Vida Baseball about the importance of writing her articles in Spanish so Latinos can understand the importance of what is going on in their communities.

“It is very important for me. I see it as a huge asset and advantage to be able to interview people and write stories in two languages. It allows me to tell stories in a more… faithful way,” García expressed.

In the process, that experience has shaped all the newsrooms she’s been in to date, including the Globe’s.

“The work that I do is very consequential and, as an editorial writer, I get to shape the voice of the Globe as an institution. For me, being able to elevate the issues that are important to the Latino community, in Boston and beyond,” said García.

She is a graduate of Harvard Extension School, where she got her graduate certificate in Journalism. Before that, García got a degree in economics from the state university in Monterey, Mexico.

In 2014 and 2015, she was named to the ‘Power Meter 100,’ an annual list honoring the most influential individuals in the Massachusetts Latino community.

With her promotion, young, aspiring, Latinx journalists now have another leader to look up to when pursuing their own careers in media. Representation is still few and far between, but moves like García’s open the doors to others.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article said that García had started writing in Spanish so her father could understand her writing. García has reached out to clarify that is not why. The article has been updated to reflect the change and an updated to clarify where she got her economics and journalism degrees.
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