When people ask her where she’s from, Deborah struggles with what to say. Born in Malta (“Where?” is the usual response), brought up in the United Kingdom and now a Mexico City resident, she long left behind her hang-ups around needing to have one national identity — now she has three.
The small island where she was born gave her a love of the sea, everything edible it provides and her first brushes with the criminal underworld. From the UK, she inherited a fondness for beer, British music and film and of course chicken tikka masala. And Mexico, her current home, as well as her work throughout Latin America, feeds her love for chaos, beauty, all things spicy and things often making no sense at all. And of course, tacos.
A self-confessed narco nerd, Deborah has studied and investigated organized crime across Latin America but also loves the soft stuff — especially restaurant and gig reviews. A fitness freak, she looks forward to few things more than setting off on a long run or sweating through the stress. She has learned to embrace Mexico City’s polluted air as a challenge, not a hindrance.
Deborah has been based in Mexico City for 12 years. She has reported for many international media outlets in both video and text, including the Los Angeles Times Mexico bureau, the Financial Times and InSight Crime, a foundation dedicated to the study of organized crime.