Robert Downs

Robert Downs ( is a freelance reporter and photographer who works in both radio and print. His work has appeared in Global Post, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press, and several others. He's the former managing editor of the Minnesota Daily, the award-winning newspaper at the University of Minnesota. Robert speaks Spanish and French, and as of September 2012 will live in Madrid, where he will freelance and pursue a master's degree at La Universidad de Alcalá. His website is


Bucking the trend, 2 newsrooms invest in Spanish-language training

In 2009, The Dallas Morning News cut its budget — again. After laying off hundreds of employees companywide, A.H. Belo Corporation, the paper’s parent organization, reached “for the stuff that could be turned off,” said Managing Editor George Rodrigue.

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