A free forum later this month will focus on life along the U.S.–Mexico border.

The Sept. 29 event, sponsored by Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, is designed to be a live, interactive event and will feature four journalists who work along the border.

Organizers aim to take the discussion beyond the often-debated topics of drug violence and illegal immigration.

For example, panelists will discuss such issues as U.S.-Mexico trade relations and initiatives, as well as the ways political and cultural perceptions vary north and south of the border.

The journalists also will discuss Donald Trump’s and Hillary’s Clinton’s positions on border and immigration issues — and how those positions could impact business, trade and life along the border.

Panelists include:

  • Javier Garza: The longtime Mexican journalist has worked extensively to protect reporters working in Mexico, who are often targeted by drug cartels. Garza is a Knight International Journalism Fellow in Mexico.
  • Nancy Montoya: Arizona Public Media’s border reporter has 35 years experience in broadcast news in the United States and Latin America. With the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, her family’s ranch went from being in Mexico to being in the United States almost overnight.
  • Curt Prendergast: The Arizona Daily Star’s border reporter has lived in South America and covered the border for the residents of Santa Cruz County from 2012 to 2015 as a reporter for the Nogales International.
  • Fernanda Santos: The Phoenix bureau chief for The New York Times hails from Brazil and contributed to “Latinos in the United States: A Resource Guide for Journalists.” She is the author of “The Fire Line,” a book about the Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Moderating the panel will be Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of the long-running weekly NPR show, “Latino USA.”

The event is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. (See accompanying box)