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Curriculum Vitae

Barbara Zaragoza


  • Master of Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Master of Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
    Russian and East European Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts, The American University, Washington, D.C.
    International Studies, Cum Laude


Freelance Writer

  • Author of published books and articles for print and on-line publications. (See Selected Publications.)
  • Board member of the South Bay Historical Society and Chula Vista Heritage Museum and web designer for
  • the Chula Vista Heritage Museum.
  • Casa Familiar’s 2015 Abrazo Award winner for writings about San Ysidro and the border region.
  • First Place winner of the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego Pro Chapter, Awards Contest for Non daily Reporting and Writing News or Feature Series.



Fronterizos: A History of the Spanish-speaking People of South Bay, San Diego. Chula Vista: Chula Vista Heritage Museum, 2018.

San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2014.

Napoli Unplugged: Guide to Naples. Naples, Italy: Parthenope Press, 2015. (Co-author with Bonnie Alberts, Penny Ewles-Bergeron and Erin Romano.)

The Espresso Break: Tours and Nooks of Naples, Italy and Beyond. Chula Vista: Merchant’s Press, 2012.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Naples & The Amalfi Coast. London, England: DK Eyewitness Travel, 2011. (Writing and Photo Contributor.)

Recent writing contributor to: San Diego Reader

Past writing contributor to: Stars and Stripes

Writing Awards:

Cheese dreams in Baja’s Ojos Negros,” San Diego Reader (1st place winner of the 2015 Weekend Getaways Contest.)

“The Albanian Warrior,” Transitions Abroad (Runner-Up Contest Winner for Travel Narratives of 2013.)

“The Phlegraean Fields: A Family Adventure in History and Mythology” (Recognized as one of GoNOMAD’s Top Stories of 2009.)

Selected Non-Fiction:

Number of Border Patrol agents getting sick from sewage nearly triples,” San Diego Union Tribune 4 December 2017. (Also appeard in the Los Angeles Times and KPBS midday Edition.

“Reach for the Gold in Outdoors Haven,” Los Angeles Times 3 December 2017, L3. (On-line version published 11/30/2017)

Front Cover Feature: “A Dystopia of Sorts,” San Diego Reader 23 February 2017 (Volume 46/Number 8), 16-28.

What Happened to the International Skyride?The Journal of San Diego History 61 (Winter 2015) 307-320. Print.

Family Travel to Rubel Castle in Glendora.” San Diego Family (November 2013): 66-68. Print.

Highlander Culture in the Tatra Mountains, Poland.” Transitions Abroad (Winter 2010). On-line.

“When Kids Don’t Love You Like Pizza.” The Families Magazine (Fall/Winter 2009): 30. Print.

Selected Fiction:

The Vinegar Tasters.” Identity Theory: A literary website. 28 July 2009. On-line.

Soup Bowls.” MinimalBooks. 2009. On-line. (Finalist in the OFF_Press short story competition in 2009.)

“The Tobacco Tasters.” Ozone Park Journal. Spring 2009. On-line.

PEMT.” Jack Magazine. Spring 2009. On-line.


Media Buzz About My Recent Project:

KPBS midday Edition: Fronterizos’ Captures South Bay History Through Family Stories

NBC San Diego: Exhibit Showcases History of South Bay Residents

San Diego Union Tribune: Chula Vista museum to exhibit Hispanic history of South County

Voice of San Diego: Border Report: The Anatomy of a Rapid Response Network

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