Monica Rhor is a narrative writer and an investigative reporter with the Houston Chronicle. She has also been a staff writer for the Associated Press, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer and Orange County Register. She's written about riots in Miami and hurricanes in Houston, uncovered serious flaws in California's restraining order system and documented stalled investigations of serial killings in South Florida. Monica, who was born in Ecuador and raised in New Jersey, has also taught high school journalism and English. Monica’s work has won numerous awards, including honors from the Association for Women in Communications, the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, Associated Press California-Nevada Newswriting Contest, and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2008, she was named AP’s Texas Writer of the Year. One of her stories is included in “The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012” anthology, which was released in July 2014.
Monica is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, IRE, and the Journalism Education Association. She has served as a mentor on student projects for NAHJ, NABJ, and UNITY for more than ten years.