Daniel Alarcon Biography
Daniel Alarcon is a Pevurian-American journalist, writer, radio producer, and contributor to The New Yorker’s Latin America section. He covers the social, cultural, and linguistic ties that connect people across Latin America and Spanish-speaking communities in the Americas. He is an assistant professor of broadcast journalism at Columbia University Journalism School.
Daniel Alarcon Age
Alarcon is 45 years old as of 2022. He was born on 5 March 1977 in Lima, Peru. He celebrates his birthday on March 5th, every year.
Daniel Alarcon Height
Alarcon stands at a height of 5 ft 8 in.
Daniel Alarcon Family
Alarcon was born in Peru and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. However, he has managed to keep his personal life away from the limelight hence he has not disclosed any information about his parents. It is also not known if Daniel has any siblings.
Daniel Alarcon Wife
Alarcon is happily married to the love of his wife, Carolina Guerrero. Together, they are blessed with two children, León & Eliseo.
Daniel Alarcon Net Worth
Alarcon has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned through his successful career as a journalist, novelist and radio producer.
Daniel Alarcon Salary
Alarcon earns an annual salary ranging between $45,000 – $110,500.
Daniel Alarcon Education
Alarcon is an alumnus of Indian Springs School. He attended the Telluride Association Summer Program in high school. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Columbia University in 1999 and a masters of fine arts degree in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2004.
Daniel Alarcon Career
Alarcón began his journalism career as an Associate Editor for the award-winning Peruvian magazine Etiqueta Negra, where he covered American culture and politics. In 2006, he began writing for publications such as Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker, and in 2008, he produced his first radio documentary, on Andean migration to Lima, for the BBC. Since then, he’s written for print and online publications in the United States and Latin America about book piracy, prison politics, world soccer, and immigration.
Alarcón teaches radio and writing at Columbia University School of Journalism in addition to serving as Executive Producer for Radio Ambulante.
Alarcon is currently working at NPR where he works alongside other famous NPR anchors and reporters including;
- Erika Beras
- Eleanor Beardsley
- Adrian “Stretch” Bartos
- Amanda Aronczyk
- Ramtin Arablouei
- Deborah Amos
- Bobby Allyn
- Greg Allen
- Rund Abdelfatah
Daniel Alarcon Awards
War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2005 PEN-Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, a 2007 Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post, are among Alarcón’s books. At Night We Walk in Circles, his most recent work, was a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2015, his graphic novel City of Clowns was released.
A Lannan Literary Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship have all been bestowed to him. He won a National Magazine Award in 2008 with the Virginia Quarterly Review for a special issue about South America that he edited. Here is a detailed list of his awards:
- Recipient of a Whiting Award in 2004 for fiction
- Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship 2007
- One of 21 Young American Novelists Granta, UK, 2007
- One of 39 under 39 Latino American Novelists (Hay Festival, Bogota, Colombia, 2007)
- One of 7 finalists for the Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, Mercantile Library For Fiction, 2007
- Recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2007
- One of 37 under 36 selected by the Smithsonian Magazine (Fall Special Issue, 2007) as Young American Innovators in the Arts and Sciences
- Lost City Radio has made the lists of best fiction for 2007 of The Washington Post, Booklist, The Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and The Financial Times (London).
- Alabama Library Association Award for Fiction, Birmingham, Alabama, 2008
- 2008 Pen USA award for Lost City Radio, Los Angeles, CA
- 2009 International Literature Award – House of World Cultures (Berlin, Germany)
- The “Idiot President” has been selected for the best short stories and a narrative about describing his traveling in Palestine for the best travel stories. Both in 2009.
- The King Is Always Above the People, was chosen as one of three 2017 finalists for The Story Prize.
- 2021 MacArthur Fellowship
Daniel Alarcon Books
Alarcon has written a number of books, short stories, articles and criticism, anthologies and adaptations. Some of his well known books include;
- War by Candlelight: Stories. Harper. 2005.
- Lost City Radio. Harper. 2007.
- At Night We Walk in Circles. Riverhead Books. 2013.
- The King Is Always Above the People. Riverhead Books. 2017.