Carlos Frías is a natural observer who spent his formative years as a journalist traveling the South, primarily as a sportswriter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This "Southern Fried Cuban" has known the country on an intimate level.
Today a columnist and features writer for The Palm Beach Post, Frías says he is "assembled in America from Cuban parts." He grew up just north of the Dade-Broward County "border," born of Cuban exiles but raised among the "gringos" as Little Havana glittered in the distance.
Fully bilingual, he travels easily between those worlds. In 2006, he journeyed through Cuba, where he reported the basis for "Take Me With You," a five-part series of first-person stories about his family for which he was named the Best of Cox Newspapers Writer of the Year.
The judges called the series "storytelling that raises journalism to the level of art."
In 2012, he won three awards from the Society For Features Journalism for his work as a features writer and occasional columnist for The Palm Beach Post. One winning story on a family dealing with early-onset Alzheimer's was republished across the country. While he was a sportswriter, the Associated Press Sports Editors awarded him eight top-10 awards in a span of five years for his work on in-depth features and investigative stories, including a first-place finish in 2007 for a story on former pitcher Major League pitcher Jeff Reardon.
Frías resides in South Florida with his three daughters.