Perla Trevizo (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6578
Perla Trevizo joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2007 and covers immigration/diversity issues and higher education. She holds a master’s degree in newswire journalism from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas. In 2011 she participated in the Bringing Home the World international reporting fellowship program sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, producing a series on Guatemalan immigrants for which she won the David Ignatius Award for International Reporting. In 2010 she was selected among 100 applicants to participate in a workshop in Washington, D.C., on immigration coverage sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation. Previously she received an honorable mention for her story “Families Broken Apart” from the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors. Prior to coming to Chattanooga, Perla worked in Texas for two of her hometown newspapers, the El Paso Times and El Diario de El Paso, covering politics, courts and immigration issues. She also interned as a translator at Dow Jones Newswire and in the courts section at the news agency Efe in Madrid. Contact Perla at 423-757-6578 or Follow her on or at

Fighting Chattanooga's gang problem with words

Published Oct. 16 2012


Pain of separation haunts some refugees: 'We have food, but our own children don't'

Published Oct. 15 2012

Vasita Hakizimana flips through a stack of photos of her children who are still back in Africa.

Chattanooga area groups help make $1 billion refugee program work

Published Oct. 15 2012

The humanitarian program to resettle refugees from across the world starts with the federal government and about $1 billion a...

A boy and his grandmother find themselves far from the family they left behind in Africa (with video)

Published Oct. 14 2012

Inside a mud brick home in Burundi, five children sit in a circle on the reddish dirt floor and wait....

Even after 5 years, some Burundi refugees still adjusting in Chattanooga

Published Oct. 14 2012

They survived a genocide in their homeland of Burundi, only to spend decades living in refugee camps in neighboring Tanzania.

Benwood finds new leader in backyard

Published Oct. 14 2012

• Age 52

Women are focus of the "It Takes a Village: Women and the Struggle for Justice" retreat

Published Oct. 6 2012

• While 75 percent of Tennessee men age 20 to 64 are employed, only 64 percent of women in the...

Annual Dalton event to draw attention to domestic violence

Published Oct. 5 2012

* What: Sixth annual domestic violence conference

La Plaza Comunitaria seeks new facility

Published Oct. 1 2012

* Nationwide: 400

Immigrants hope to work legally

Published Sep. 28 2012

Long road to legal status

Many get ready to apply to stay in U.S.

Published Aug. 11 2012

On June 15, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain people who illegally came to the United...

Time running out for Burundians (with video)

Published Aug. 1 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: Chattanooga Times Free Press staff writer Perla Trevizo has been on special assignment in Burundi for about two...


Latinos criticize Obama, Congress over immigration

Published Jul. 9 2012

Less than four months before the presidential election, many in the Latino community believe neither President Barack Obama nor Congress...

College bound: Program guides potential students to degree path

Published Jul. 7 2012

Southern Appalachia Educational Opportunity Center at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga: 2009-10

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker unhappy with student loan politics (with video)

Published Jul. 3 2012


Opposing sides applaud Supreme Court immigration ruling

Published Jun. 26 2012

For both states an appeal is pending in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rising aid helps students beat college 'sticker price'

Published Jun. 25 2012

While tuition and fee increases from 2008-09 to 2010-11 have been in the double digits, the average net price change...

UTC nearer to having an occupational therapy program

Published Jun. 22 2012

• About 24 students will be selected each year for three years of sustained study: five semesters of didactic study,...

Gov. Bill Haslam eyes reform for higher ed

Published Jun. 22 2012

UTC -- 7.4 percent

Gov. Bill Haslam opposes special session on higher education

Published Jun. 21 2012

Gov. Bill Haslam is not sure a special session is the right fix to the tuition hike increases expected to...