Peggy (Margaret) Sands Orchowski

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Margaret Orchowski

"Peggy (Margaret) Sands Orchowski Ph.D. is currently the Congressional Correspondent in Washington DC for the Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education magazine; she writes 3-4 features a month for the magazine covering Congressional, political and legislative affairs that affect Hispanics, particularly in higher education and immigration. She also writes a monthly column “UNCENSORED.” She was a reporter for the Associated Press in South America, the United Nations Press Corps in Geneva, Switzerland, and her hometown newspaper the Santa Barbara News Press where she wrote about bilingual education and the city’s diverse Hispanic community. In DC, she was employed at NPR’s Talk of the Nation (in 2001), and was an editor of the Georgetowner. In 2005-06, she also served as Bill/Analysis editor at the Congressional Quarterly.

"Peggy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, her M.A. Degrees in urban affairs (Occidental College) and International Relations (Univ. of CA Santa Barbara) and a Ph.D. in international public & educational finance (UCSB). Her book “Immigration and the American Dream: Battling the Political Hype and Hysteria” was released by Rowman and Littlefield in June 2008. Peggy was married to an immigrant whom she met in Argentina. She speaks four languages. Peggy is an active member of the National Press Club and JAWS, a national woman’s journalists’ group. She also is an enthusiastic swimmer, biker, tennis player, golfer and violinist, performing with ensembles in DC, CA and in Europe." [1]

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  1. About, Progressives for Immigration Reform, accessed September 13, 2010.