Research, Professional and Creative Activity
Eaton has a master’s degree in journalism from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Rutgers College. During college, he spent his junior year abroad at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.
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Eaton has received three Pulitzer Center grants for reporting projects in Cuba and Bolivia. His areas of interest include U.S.-Cuba relations, Latin America, social justice, human rights, crime, race, human trafficking and the environment, particularly in regions where development threatens endangered plants, animals and indigenous groups.
- Fulbright scholar, carried out field study on myths and legends of Indians in the jungle. Traveled throughout the country by bus, foot, bush plane and dugout canoe, Quito, Ecuador
- Former editor, The Houston Chronicle
- Former Foreign Correspondent, Dallas Morning News
- Featured in Lords of the Mafia: Mexico, a documentary that aired on PBS and on Court TV in 2000
- Appeared in dozens of radio and television interviews with National Public Radio, the Jeff Rense Show, Voice of America, KERA in Dallas and others
- National Commission Against Drunk Driving Commendation Award, “Blood Border” series
Professor Eaton earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Rutgers and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Temple University. Professor Eaton was the Dallas Morning News bureau chief in Cuba from 2000 to early 2005. Before that, he headed the paper's Mexico City bureau. A former Fulbright scholar, he has been a journalist and photographer since 1983. He has been a staff writer at seven daily newspapers, including the Miami Herald. He was metropolitan editor at the Houston Chronicle before moving to Florida. Eaton is also a freelance journalist. His stories have appeared in hundreds of online media outlets and most major U.S. newspapers. Clients have included NBC News, USA Today and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
Green Eyeshade Awards
First place, politics reporting, for investigation of waste and abuse in federal government programs aimed at assisting Cuban immigrants, 2016. See Easy Money: U.S. Welfare Flows to Cuba.
Investigative Reporters & Editors
Finalist for Tom Renner Award, which recognizes outstanding watchdog reporting, for investigation into Cuban organized crime, 2016. See Plundering America: The Cuban Criminal Pipeline.
Florida Society of Newspaper Editors
Second place, investigative reporting, for investigation of waste and abuse in federal government programs aimed at assisting Cuban immigrants, 2016. See Easy Money: U.S. Welfare Flows to Cuba.
First place, Feature Writing, for story about Cuban spy Juan Pablo Roque, 2013. See “Retired spy lives in obscurity.”
Second place, Feature Writing, for story about Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, 2014. See “Yoani Sánchez stirs up cyberspace.”
Teaching and Related Service
- Introduction to Mass Communication
- News and Feature Reporting
- Magazine Writing
- Writing for Mass Media
- International Communication
Previously taught at:
- Colorado State University
Eaton is a member of Storyhunter.com, an online community of more than 20,000 freelance videographers. He became an FAA certified drone pilot in 2017. Eaton is also a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors and the National Press Photographers Association.