Ms. Valdez is sponsored by Alice & Bill Roe
Linda Valdez is a member of the editorial board of The Arizona Republic. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 2003, and she won the Scripps Howard Walker Stone and the Sigma Delta Chi awards for her commentary on immigration and other social justice issues. Her book, "Crossing the Line: A marriage across borders," offers the joy, laughter and tears of her life experiences to provide a counterbalance to the irrational fear and ugly rhetoric being spewed about illegal immigrants. It's a love story that couldn't have happened if her husband Sixto Valdez hadn't crossed the border through a hole in the fence 28 years ago. They were married two weeks later. It's a partnership that produced a beautiful daughter, now 25, and brought benefits to both families, as well as enriching Sixto's adopted country and the many students he has taught as an elementary school teacher.