Despite her father’s abduction and murder in December 2000, Anabel Hernández broke a story the following year that led to a major investigation into embezzlement at the highest level of government. Her coverage of this scandal, known as Toallagate, won her Mexico’s National Journalism Award in 2002. She went on to spend five years researching Los señores del Narco, a book about the complicity of politicians, military and businessmen in the drug trade. It was a bestseller, with 100,000 copies sold in 2010, but resulted in her having to be assigned police bodyguards. However, the protection is far from perfect: her family and home have been attacked twice and some of her sources have been threatened, jailed or killed.
Nowadays she reports for the magazine Proceso and the online newspaper Reporte Indigo.