NATALIA VIANA

I am an independent journalist from Brazil with nine years of experience reporting from my country and abroad. My work focuses on politics, the environment and human rights issues, and has awarded me two national prizes and three scholarships to attend international journalism schools. Last year I published my first book, Planted in the Earth, about political crime against social leaders in Brazil.

Since completing a master’s degree in Radio Journalism at Goldsmiths College, University of London, I have incorporated a multi-media approach to journalism. I am a regular contributor to Free Speech Radio News, an independent radio newscast aired by the Pacifica Network in the US, and to Panos Institute London, a UK-based organization that promotes communication for development. I am also a freelance reporter for the Brazilian press, having written for some of the major newspapers in the country. I am currently wirting my second book in Portuguese, about a resistance newspaper during the military regime in Brazil.

While living in the UK I collaborated with The Independent and The Sunday Times newspapers, and with the Brazilian section of the BBC World Service. I also researched and assistant-produced documentaries for the English section of the BBC World Service (UK), for CBC – Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CA) and for PBS – Public Broadcasting Service (US), working together with top investigative journalists such as Amnesty International Award winner Stephen Grey and Pulitzer-prize winner Lowell Bergman.

Back in Brazil, I continue to work with the foreign media, trying to establish a better flow of information between South America and Europe/US by fixing, researching, pitching stories, finding experts, and producing a variety of projects. I was a blogger with the Frontline Club, a UK-based organization that champions independent journalism, for many months.

In partnership with the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalists (Abraji) and the Center for Investigatibe Journalism in London I coordinated a Open Society Institute sponsored project that brought top international investigative journalists to Brasil for the first time, including Lowell Bergman, BBC’s sports investigator Andrew Jennings and Ceter for Public Integrity David Donald. They took part in the Abraji Congress that happened in Sao Paulo, in July 2010.

My CV

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