2010 Journalists & Editors Workshop: Panelist Bios


JAVIER DARÍO RESTREPO is a prominent Colombian journalist, renowned throughout Latin America as a teacher of journalism ethics. For decades, he has covered wars, chronicled major events and presented the daily news for Colombian TV. He has won numerous awards including, Círculo de Periodistas de Bogotá (1993); Premio Nacional de Periodismo Simón Bolívar; San Gabriel-Colombian Episcopate (1994); Germán Arciniegas-Editorial Planeta (1995); and the Latin American Award for Ethics in Journalism, granted by the Latin American Center for Journalism. He has published twenty books based on his work as a journalist, including, Puebla para el pueblo; Avalancha sobre Armero; Del misil al arado; Periodismo diario de televisión; La revolución de las sotanas; Testigo de seis guerras; El zumbido y el moscardón; Con asombro de reportero, which compiles a selection of writings spanning 50 years of his work as a journalist; and, Cuarenta lecciones de ética, which targets communications students and professors. His columns in El Tiempo and El Colombiano continue to display the depth of his knowledge of the field.

GUILLERMO URIBE is a professor of sociology at the University of Grenoble, France, a researcher at the National Center for Scientific Investigation, and the director of the Group for Social Sciences Research on Latin America (GRESAL, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme-Alpes). With advanced degrees from the Universities of Paris, Lyon and Grenoble, his research centers on new social configurations, the dynamics of identity, collective identities, and the re-composition of beliefs. Dr. Uribe is also the vice-president of the French Alliance at Grenoble and the director of Les Cahiers du GRESAL. He is the author of numerous scholarly works, has lectured internationally, and has been a visiting professor at several universities in Latin America and Europe. His latest publication is Les transformations du christianisme en Amérique Latine. Des origines à nos jours (Paris: Karthala, 2009). He is a frequent contributor to both radio and TV.


AMPARO BELTRÁN ACOSTA studied theology and communication in Rome and Saint Paul University, Ottawa. She founded CEPALC (Latin American Centre for Popular Communication) in 1978 and for 28 years, she has served as the chief editor of Encuentro, Revista de Comunicación Popular. Beltrán has worked as a consultant for Popular/Alternative Communication at several universities. She has collaborated with organizations such as the World Council of Churches; Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation; International Network of Journalists with a Gender Vision; and Sorority, Ecumenism and Democracy. Beltrán has also compiled the experiences of CEPALC in a book focusing on popular journalism to support student training.

PEDRO BRIEGER is an Argentinean journalist and analyst of international politics who works in radio, TV, and also contributes to the online media in Argentina. He won the Martín Fierro Award (2009) in recognition of his work with the TV program “Visión 7 Internacional.” Brieger holds the Professorship of Middle East in the Department of Social Sciences at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and has published works on international themes related to the Middle East, Nicaragua, the Golf War, the final days of USSR, Al Qaeda, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

MICHAEL CAMILLERI is a human rights specialist with the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). He has worked as a senior staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), serving as lead counsel in dozens of matters before the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and has successfully litigated against the governments of Colombia and the U.S. Mr. Camilleri received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he co-founded the Harvard Law Student Advocates for Human Rights. He worked with non-governmental organizations in Guatemala as the recipient of a Henigson Fellowship from the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program. He has lectured and written on human rights issues in the U.S. and Latin America, and he is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

MARGARET E. CRAHAN is Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Latin American Studies both at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Until September 2009 she was the Kozmetsky Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward’s University. From 1982-1994 she was the Henry R. Luce Professor of Religion, Power and Political Process at Occidental College and from 1994-2008 the Dorothy Epstein Professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is Vice President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. She was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Latin America, 2006-08. She has participated in international missions to Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. Dr. Crahan has published over one hundred articles and books including Human Rights and Basic Needs in the Americas; Religion, Culture and Society: The Case of Cuba and The Wars on Terrrorism and Iraq: Human Rights, Unilateralism, and US Foreign Policy (with Thomas G. Weiss and John Goering).

JUNE CAROLYN ERLICK is the editor-in-chief of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America, and the author of Disappeared: A Journalist Silenced (Seal Press, 2004) and A Gringa in Bogotá: Living Colombia’s Invisible War (University of Texas Press, 2010), originally published as Una Gringa en Bogotá (Aguilar, 2007).

LEONARDO FERREIRA is a professor of communication at the University of Miami and a specialist in Latin American media history, comparative press policy, and communication development. He is a contributor of BBC-Mundo and other news media in Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain, and the United States. He has worked on projects with the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), the Dominican Republic’s Global Democracy and Development Foundation (FUNGLODE), Fleischman & Hillard Inc., Freedom House, the Grupo de Diarios America (GDA), the Iberian-American New Journalism Foundation (FNPI), the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), the International Center of Higher Communication Studies (CIESPAL), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Ferreira has published extensively in prestigious journals and university presses and is committed to raising silenced voices throughout the Americas (indigenous, Latino, Afro-Latino, Hispanic women and other minorities).

JOSÉ MARIA MAYRINK is a Brazilian journalist who has worked as a special reporter for the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo since 1962, where he writes about religion, among other topics. Mr. Mayrink has published several books including, Mordaça no estadão, which examines censorship in O Estado de S. Paulo during the military dictatorship in Brazil. His work as a journalist has taken to several countries throughout Latin America and was present during the visits of Pope John Paul II to Brazil (1980, 1991, 1997), Central America and the Caribbean (1983), Poland (Cracow, 2002), and also for the 2005 conclave. In addition to his training in the field of journalism, he has studied philosophy and theology.

BILL MITCHELL directs the Entrepreneurial and International Programs at the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida and writes the NewsPay blog www.poynter.org/NewsPay, which focuses on emerging economic models for news. Mitchell joined Poynter in 1999 and directed the Institute’s website for ten years. He has facilitated workshops on a variety of topics including ethics, leadership and online publishing in the U.S., Colombia, Denmark, Poland and South Africa. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in theology, Mitchell served for six years on the board of the National Catholic Reporter. Before joining Poynter, Mitchell worked for the new media arm of Universal Press Syndicate as the editor and director of development, the San Jose Mercury News as the director of electronic publishing, Time Magazine as Detroit bureau chief and as the city editor, Washington correspondent and European correspondent for the Detroit Free Press. Mitchell has twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize.

TERRY REY is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Religion at Temple University. Formerly, Dr. Rey was Professeur de Sociologie des Religions at l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti. He is the author of Our Lady of Class Struggle and Bourdieu on Religion, as well as co-editor of Òrìsà Devotion as World Religion and Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City. Dr. Rey’s current research focuses on the intersections of violence and religion in Haiti and the Congo.

MARIA JOSÉ ROSADO is Professor of Sociology of Religion and Feminist Theory at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo in Brazil. She received her Ph.D degree in Sociology from the EHESS, Paris. She is currently investigating women’s rights in the Catholic Church. She is the founder and coordinator of Catholics for the Right to Decide in Brazil. She has published books and articles on the Catholic Church and feminist questions. She worked for years with Catholic base communities in the poorest areas of Brazil. In 2003, she was a visiting professor at Harvard University and was nominated with other 51 Brazilian women for the Peace Nobel Prize in 2005.

JOHN TOFIC KARAM specializes in the historical ethnography of Arab cultural practices, social networks, and intellectual exchanges in the Americas. Currently, Karam is an assistant professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at DePaul University. Karam’s book, Another Arabesque: Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil, has won awards from the Arab American National Museum (AANM) and the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA). His scholarly work has appeared in prestigious journals and Karam also frequently contributes to Brazilian media outlets.

PHILIP WILLIAMS is Director of the Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at University of Florida, where he also co-directs the Latin American Immigrants in the New South Project. Williams received his M.Phil in Latin American Studies and D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford in 1986. He has published extensively on Latin American politics and religion, hemispheric issues and Latino migrants in the U.S. His published works include Christianity, Globalization, and Social Change in the Americas (Rutgers University 2001) and A Place to Be: Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican Immigrants in Florida’s New Destinations (Rutgers University Press, 2009). Dr. Williams has received a number of prestigious fellowships and grants and recently received a major grant from the Ford Foundation to support a three-year study on Latin American immigrants in the New South.

ZIDANE ZERAOUI has a communications degree from the University of Algiers, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from UNAM. He is a member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico, Level II and works as a professor and researcher at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, where he directs the research program “Regionalization and New International Actors” in the Department of International Relations, which he directed from 1997 to 2003. Dr. Zeraoui has published extensively; some of his most recent works are: Árabes y musulmanes en Europa. Historia y procesos migratorios; Los paradigmas de la posmodernidad; Arab immigration in Mexico; Islam y política. Los procesos políticos árabes contemporáneos; Regionalización y Paradiplomacia. La política internacional de las regiones; Los procesos políticos contemporáneos. Un mundo transformado; Medio Oriente: la geopolítica del poder. Irán y el nuevo equilibrio regional, and El Islam en América Latina.