Maria Murriel

Maria Murriel is a reporter interested in migration and identity. Addicted to travel.

I'm interested in stories about migration and identity, as well as journalism that causes people to engage with one another.I was a reporter and editor at The World and previously built the digital department at WLRN in Miami, my hometown.I grew up in Peru, and like to tell stories about the Andean region, its culture and diaspora.I prefer Instagram over Twitter, and I travel every chance I get. Craft beer, cats and single malts are a few of my weaknesses.

Thousands of candlelights lit in front of Poland's presidential palace in memory of the victims of a fatal plane crash. Warsaw, April 2010.

Read this book about writing. About death. (By a gifted novelist.)


Edwidge Danticat’s latest book, “The Art of Death,” helped her process her mother’s death.

An attendee leaves flowers for Nabra Hassanen, a teenage Muslim girl killed by a bat-wielding motorist near a Virginia mosque, during a vigil in New York City, U.S. June 20, 2017.

Nabra Hassanen’s murder feeds anti-immigrant rhetoric on the conservative internet

Global Politics
Afro-Cuban jazz singer Daymé Arocena performs during the New Era concert in Havana, 2016.

Cuba’s Daymé Arocena found her religion through music

Men walk by a mural that reads "Get the hell of Liberia, Ebola! And don't come back" in Monrovia, Liberia, April 1, 2016.

Ebola is over. Now the US wants a group of West African immigrants to go home.

Children fly kites in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 8, 2017.

DHS extension of protected status for Haitian immigrants might be the last

Women run under a Puerto Rican flag before the National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade stirs tensions between the island and the mainland


The parade lost major sponsors because it was going to honor a man some label a terrorist, even though Oscar López Rivera has now stepped aside. Meanwhile, Puerto Ricans on the island will vote on whether to become a state.

This is a rally in support of TPS for Haitian immigrants back in 2009, during a visit by former US President Barack Obama to Miami, Florida.

Haitian immigrants get extension of protected status, worry it might not be long enough


The Department of Homeland Security on Monday extended Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Haitians in the United States. The program will continue to benefit Haitians for six months.

The Nordic Resistance Movement (Nordiska motstandsrorelsens), a Nordic National Socialist organisation, demonstrates in central Stockholm November 12, 2016.

White nationalism in Sweden has a long history. Now it also has partners in America.

Global Politics

Richard Spencer, the American white nationalist known for getting punched in the face on camera and extolling Donald Trump with a Hitlerian salute, has formed a new publishing venture with Swedish far-right extremists.

How many pengos can you spot?

It’s World Penguin Day! Help scientists count penguins.


Penguins are a bellwether of climate change. Scientists use their population size and well-being as indicators of the state of Antarctica.

Workers who have been fired gather at the management office for Sid Wainer & Son in New Bedford, Mass. on March 10, 2017. Most of the workers are undocumented, and felt their termination was unfair.

Undocumented workers demand rights in a city scarred by a massive raid


Even without legal status, immigrants in New Bedford, Mass. are organizing to face what they think is unfair work treatment.