Mateo Hoke studied journalism at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Mateo Hoke began working with Cate Malek in 2001, while studying journalism at the University of Colorado–Boulder. Their interest in human rights journalism began on a project in which they spent eight months interviewing undocumented Mexican immigrants about their daily lives.
Mateo holds a master’s degree from the University of California–Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. In addition to his work in the Middle East, he has reported from the Amazon jungle and the Seychelles. His writing has received awards from the Overseas Press Club Foundation and the Knight Foundation, among others.