(CNN Spanish) -- 

Krupskaia Alís... Alís is the surname, Krups-kaia is the first name... ka-erre-u pe-ese-ka-ia... krups... kaia...

This is what I repeated on the phone, sometimes many times, when I requested interviews, because it seemed that no one could write or pronounce on the first try the name of Krupskaia Alis, a reporter, colleague and friend of CNN who died this Wednesday, February 14 in Ciudad de Mexico.

Her voice, on the contrary, has been recorded from the first time in the memory of those who saw and heard her narrate one or 1,000 news stories that her narrative skills turned into unforgettable stories.

This Colombian born in Cali was heard by millions throughout America through the media where she worked after graduating as a journalist from the Central American University in Nicaragua.

She had arrived in that country with her family and there she began as a correspondent in Central America for NBC news channel and Univisión, a network with which she was recognized with an Emmy award and the annual award from the Union of Journalists of Nicaragua for coverage of the passage of the Hurricane Mitch through Central America.


He began collaborating with CNN from his beloved Nicaragua in the late 1990s and in 2006 he joined the Mexico City correspondent, from where his vision helped inform audiences across the continent with acute precision.

To mention just some of their coverage, the coup d'état in Honduras against Miguel Zelaya. Alís was also the correspondent who toured the places where drug trafficker Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán hid after being captured after his second escape from prison. The social and security problems generated by drug trafficking were also a constant in her reports, as well as the violence generated by criminal groups in different cities in Mexico.

The follow-up he gave to the disappearance and subsequent murder of 11 young people from Bar Heaven in Mexico City in 2013 and the disappearance of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa normal school, Guerrero, in 2014 was profound.

She never cried on camera no matter how hard the reality around her was, whether it was the exhausting day of a Central American father with his children in a migrant caravan in Oaxaca or the desperate call of a family to rescue a loved one buried under The rubble of a ruined building after the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City. And for that crucial coverage, she—along with the Mexican team—won an Emmy Award.

Krupskaia knew that she was not the story, and she was always there to tell it.

Off camera, those of us who worked with her know that she did cry and that tears and indignation surfaced when it was necessary to report the harsh reality that women face in our region.

The professional distance with which he approached his assignments never prevented his close warmth with the protagonists of the stories he reported. She demonstrated this in her work on the mothers, daughters and sisters of the disappeared in the country and in the 2020 special “Mexico, trafficking”, a portrait of the lacerating violence and sexual exploitation that thousands of women, especially, face every day. .

The femicides in Mexico and the protests against gender violence were equally great coverage in her voice and lyrics.

Krupskaia also helped to disseminate the initiatives of those women who do everything and more to change their reality, as when she wrote in 2013 about the patronas, the tireless group of volunteers dedicated, sometimes beyond their own limitations, to helping migrants. as it passes through Veracruz.

Hundreds of stories and ten years later, in the special "Portraits of Life" for International Women's Day, Krupskaia highlighted the stories of four women who are unrelated to each other, but united by their brave fight against adversity.

Narrator of everyday but at the same time extraordinary human battles, Krupskaia always knew how to bring the audience closer, as she said, giving voice to those who have no voice, to silenced journalists, to violated women, to the victims of nature and of the cruelty of other people. All stories that, as she herself said in 2023, are those of human beings "whose lives intersect with us because it is impossible not to find ours in her stories, and in her struggle, her example."