Randal C. Archibold is The New York Times bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, based in Mexico City. Before beginning his assignment there in August 2010, he was a national correspondent based in Los Angeles. He covered a large swath of the southwestern United States and wrote extensively on the border and immigration, including Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
Randy joined The New York Times in 1998 as a reporter on the Metro staff and has covered a range of subjects, including education and politics. He covered the attacks on the World Trade Center, writing a series on the residents of the damaged apartment building closest to the towers. His political reporting has included coverage of John Edwards’s 2004 presidential campaign and the 2005 New York City mayoral election.
Before working for The New York Times, Randy worked for five years at The Los Angeles Times as a reporter and editor. He also has worked at The Los Angeles Daily News, The San Diego Tribune, The Asbury Park Press and other newspapers. Randy graduated from Rutgers University and afterward spent several months studying history and Spanish in Panama, from which his parents immigrated.