2014 Journalists & Editors Workshop: Panelists Bios
Lawyer, author, academic and expert in economic integration law by the Central University of Venezuela. Asdrúbal is a graduate of Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS, Rome) and received his law degree at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. He served as judge of the Inter-American Court of human rights; President of the Executive Board of the Latin Union (the Treaty of Madrid, 1954); Ambassador for Venezuela; Governor of Caracas; Minister of the Secretariat of the Presidency; Minister of Interior Affairs; and as temporary president of the Republic of Venezuela. He lectures, writes opinion columns for several media outlets, and acts as a consultant to parties involved in cases before the Inter American system. He has received many national and international honors, and was inducted into the Academy of Science and Latin-American Culture, and in June will become an official member of the Spanish Real Academia.
Business/Media Consultant, Bank Director at Terrabank, and Board Member at leading corporations. He is former Deputy Editor-Publisher of Diario Las Americas, and past president of the Inter American Press Association. Under Alejandro, the first Spanish language daily in South Florida, Diario Las Americas, became the first Spanish language paper to have a Web edition. As president of the IAPA from 2009-2010, he traveled extensively on the IAPA’s Chapultepec program in defense of press freedom, and helped to launch the "A Voice for the Voiceless” campaign, a multimedia effort by publishers and broadcast media to halt censorship and violence against journalists throughout the hemisphere. Alejandro is an active board member of businesses and cultural organizations in Miami and the region.
Holds his PhD in Communication from the University of Miami and his Masters in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University. As director of the School of Communication at the Universidad del Norte, in Barranquilla, Colombia, he directs the recently established PhD program in Communication, the only doctoral degree in Communication offered in Colombia. Jesús has published articles, book chapters, and books in the areas of Media Studies and Journalism, Health Communication, and Communication for Development and Social Change.
Vice President, Media Law, NBCUniversal, & primary news lawyer for Telemundo Media and its affiliate stations nationwide. Carrillo advises Telemundo Media on marketing, advertising and promotions, and is responsible for working with NBCUniversal news producers, correspondents and executives to reduce legal risks when investigating and reporting. Formerly, as attorney at Akerman, Senterfitt, she litigated defamation, copyright, invasion of privacy and commercial claims in addition to providing pre-publication reviews and advice. Carrillo has worked as a reporter for the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel, and is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law.
Co-Founder and Director of the online news website El Faro, El Salvador. When the paper first launched in 1998 few believed the online weekly, dependent-upon-student-journalists, would succeed. Since then, it has gained international recognition for independent and high quality journalism in Central America and is recognized for its in-depth investigations of corruption and violence. In 2012 he received death threats for his investigation on secret negotiations between the state and organized crime in the country. Dada has reported from various conflict zones including Iraq, Venezuela, Mexico, Guatemala and, most recently, Honduras. His work has been published in Latin America, the United States, Bosnia and Spain. In 2011 he was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for Latin American Reporting. Dada was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University.
Associate Professor, SJMC, FIU. Born in Argentina, he is a veteran foreign correspondent and a former executive editor of El Cronista and Expreso magazine; he worked at Clarín and El Nuevo Herald and writes a regular column for La Nación. A celebrated playwright, his works have been featured in the U.S. and abroad. Diament is a member of Argentina’s National Academy of Journalism, the country´s most prestigious professional academy, which is composed of 40 permanent members.
Worlds Ahead Scholar, Professor and JD in the SJMC. He joined FIU in 2013 year after an extensive career at UM. His areas of expertise are Latin American communication law, comparative media law, and journalism ethics and new technology as well as ethnic mass media, mass media communication and international communication policies. A published author, he continues his work as a consultant for UNESCO, OAS, CIESPAL, UNICEF, IAPA, Bloomberg News, and Grupo de Diarios América.
General Director of NTN24, the International News Network that reaches over 40 million viewers in the hemisphere and Spain through cable and satellite systems. In 2003 she was tasked by RCN International to design and implement NTN24 in a “by Latinos for Latinos” format and oversaw the launch in 2008. NTN24 belongs to the RCNTV International media conglomerate, co-owner of MundoFox; it is a Colombian-American company dedicated to generating news content. Renowned for her interviews with leading political figures and international personalities, Claudia has broad experience in Colombia practicing TV/radio journalism and has directed ‘La Noche’ news and opinion show for 16 years where she has worked as a journalist specializing in conflict, politics and social responsibility. Her work on conflict has earned her several awards and international recognitions including: two-time Simón Bolívar National Journalism Award, the Amway Award for Environmental Journalism, and the India Catalina Award for Best Anchor at the International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias, among others.
Associate Professor, School of Communication, at the University of Miami. An inter-disciplinary communications scholar with a specialization in Latin America, the Caribbean and their diasporas, she is the co-author of Making a Life in Multi-Ethnic Miami: Immigration and the Rise of a Global City, and author of Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism and the Democratization of Mexico. Her first book was recognized by AEJMC as a top book in mass communication for 2006. The Political Communication and Ethnicity and Race in Communication divisions of the International Communication Association recognized her work with best paper awards, in 2003 and 2013 respectively. She recently joined the editorial board of the International Journal of Press/Politics and is the program track chair for Mass Media and Popular Culture for the 2014 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. Her most recent research project is ¨Worlds of Journalism.¨
Jimenez, Adolfo E.
Partner at Holland & Knight where he practices media law, maritime and transportation law, and heads the firm’s South Florida Litigation Group as well as its International Arbitration and Litigation Team. He has represented clients in arbitrations administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the China International Trade and Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), among others. A Contributing editor to Latin Lawyer magazine and head of Georgetown University's Latin American Alliance, he served as chair of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee and director of the Cuban American Bar Association. Among other awards, he has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America guide as Lawyer of the Year 2014 in the category Miami International Arbitration - Commercial Lawyer, and on their 2014 best lawyers list in International Trade and Finance Law 2008-2014; Commercial Litigation; International Arbitration - Commercial, among others.
Partner at Hunton & Williams, is best known as an advocate for free speech rights of both large and small clients. Early in his career he persuaded the Florida Supreme Court to support Sunshine Law violations. He has defended a national television network, a local television station, and a national magazine against multimillion dollar libel claims, and recently defended a national news reporter subpoenaed to testify in a high-profile Texas criminal case. As technology has empowered both companies and individuals to collect and publish information on a massive scale, Tom’s focus is on offering legal advice concerning libel and privacy, information access, data breaches, the Communications Decency Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the constitutionality of local, state and federal laws regulating information and advertising, social networking, and all things digital. Tom is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, the US Courts of Appeals for the First, Second and Eleventh Circuits, and all US District Courts in Florida and the District of Columbia. This year he was awarded both Best Lawyer Florida First Amendment Lawyer of the Year – 2014 and Florida Media Lawyer of the Year – 2014.
Senior Program Coordinator, Chief strategist and spokesperson on the Americas’ press freedom issues at Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ states its mission: we promote press freedom worldwide and defend the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. We take action wherever journalists are attacked, imprisoned, killed, kidnapped, threatened, censored, or harassed. Carlos monitors and documents press freedom violations in Latin America and has led missions to Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Brazil, El Salvador, and Argentina. Lauría began his journalistic career in Buenos Aires in 1986 and in 1994 was named U.S. bureau chief correspondent for Editorial Perfil, Argentina's largest magazine publisher. He serves on the board of the Maria Moors Cabot Award for excellence in Latin American journalism, which is sponsored by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is a graduate of journalism from the Universidad Católica Argentina.
Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies and Media Theory at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. She holds a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and an MA in Journalism Studies from Cardiff University. She previously worked as a journalist in print, digital and broadcast outlets and currently chairs the “Press and Democracy” (PRENDE) program of journalism fellowships and training at her university. She is PI on several cross-national studies on comparative journalistic cultures, role performances, and journalism education in Mexico. Her publications and research interests center on the critical study of journalism normative values, comparative journalism cultures, journalistic practices and professional identities in post-authoritarian societies, media production, comparative media systems, and digital media practices.
Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Center (LACC) and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL. From 2009-2013 he served as US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere. He has held several teaching positions, including Professor of National Security Strategy and Latin American Studies at the National War College, National Defense University (2004-2009) and Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of International Studies, Rhodes College (2000-2004). He has worked as consultant to the Library of Congress, U.S. Department of the Air Force, Department of the Army, the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), the National Democratic Institute, U.S. State Department, the Organization of American States, and U.S. Southern Command. He is the author/editor of numerous academic and policy articles, books, book chapters and monographs on hemispheric security, U.S.-Latin American relations, civil-military relations, Cuban politics and military and Latin American foreign policy.
Moreira, Sonia Virginia
Associate Professor at the Social Communication Faculty at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). She lectures on journalism, media culture, and the media industry while also carrying out research on journalism, Brazil’s broadcast industry (especially radio), regional and international communication, and media concentration. She received her Master in Journalism from the University of Colorado and Doctor in Communication Sciences from the University of São Paulo; she has authored articles, book chapters, and books on journalism and communication-related topics. She is a founding member of the Brazilian Association of Journalism Researchers (SBPJor), served as president of the Brazilian Society for Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication and currently serves as its international relations director. Since 2004 she has coordinated the Brazil-US Colloquium on Communication Studies.
Journalist at Diario Las Américas. He has been a correspondent for Mexico´s El Universal and a columnist at El Espectador for over 25 years. Sergio is a screen writer, director and producer for TV. He teaches and lectures at the university level.
WLRN-Miami Herald News Americas’ correspondent. He has covered Latin America for 25 years —for Newsweek as its Mexico City bureau chief from 1990 to 1996, and for Time as its Latin America bureau chief, in Mexico and then in Miami, where he also covered Florida and the U.S. Southeast. He has interviewed more than 20 heads of state and was one of the few US correspondents to interview Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez during his 14-year rule. He has reported on, and written cover articles forThe New Republic and America, and has been a frequent analyst on CNN, Fox, and Univision for major Latin American and Caribbean stories. In 2005, Padgett received Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize and his 1993 Newsweek cover, “Cocaine Comes Home,” won the Inter-American Press Association’s drug-war coverage award.
Journalist in exile. A columnist and opinion page editor at El Universo, Ecuador, Emilio published editorials critical of President Correa in 2011. He was granted political asylum in the US after being sentenced by a court in a libel case brought by President Rafael Correa in 2012. He and the newspaper owners were fined $40 million.
Dean and Professor at FIU’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication. A veteran journalist and academician, Reis worked for more than eight years as a newspaper, TV and magazine reporter and editor at several Brazilian news organizations. In the U.S., he worked as a copy editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as an ASNE fellow, before joining the California State University system in 1997 at its Monterey Bay campus, and later at the Long Beach campus (2000-2011). At Cal State Long Beach, Reis taught news writing, research methods, global news media, media ethics, mass communication theory and digital journalism and served as department chair from 2007-2011. He also taught summer courses that included trips to Brazil —the most recent focused on science & environmental journalism and included a two-week trip to the Amazon forest. He has published extensively in academic journals and books on the impact of mass media on traditional communities; Latin American and Brazilian media; journalism education; and science and the environment.
New York Times' correspondent for Florida, the Caribbean and Central America. She has covered the region for two decades —nineteen years at the Miami Herald covering Latin America and the Caribbean: stationed as its Nicaragua-based Central America correspondent, then later as bureau chief in Bogotá, Colombia where she covered the civil conflict and interviewed war lords. Robles spent six years covering Cuba, including Fidel Castro's historic resignation and the island's government transition. A John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford, Robles has been a member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams and was a finalist for two more.
Professor and member of the founding faculty of FIU’s College of Law. His expertise is contracts, torts, corporations, comparative corporate law, products liability, agency and partnership, antitrust, citizenship studies, law and accounting, race and the law, remedies, and street law. Ediberto is frequently called in as an expert on local, state, and national media outlets. He is currently advising government officials on matters related to immigration policy and acts as a consultant to the Southern Poverty Law Center where he was expert witness in the class action suit that ruled that as citizens, albeit of undocumented parents, immigrants were entitled to in-state tuition. Ediberto is a member of the American Law Institute as well as fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Before entering academia, he specialized in securities and antitrust litigation at Wall Street law firms.
Director of the Press Institute and Press Freedom at the Inter American Press Association. He is a columnist and a blogger on free press issues. He worked for El Nuevo Herald in Miami and El Liberal in Argentina, his home country. He is the author of several books, including The Painful Freedom of the Press: In Search of Lost Ethics; Impunity no More, and 50 Great Ideas for Newspapers. He has received many international awards for his work on press freedom, a recurring theme in his work as a visual artist.
Associate Professor of History and Law, FIU. PhD, JD. After earning his law degree at the Universidad Externado de Colombia, he practiced law and directed the Project of Legal Aid and Legal Research in Bogotá. Between 2006 and 2009, he was Chief of Party in FIU’s USAID-funded implementation of Colombia’s new oral and accusatory criminal justice system. He is a published author, the recipient of several awards for both teaching and scholarship, and holds faculty appointments at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Seccional Medellín, and as a visiting professor of law at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.
Director of FIU´s International Media Center. Author, academic, and journalist, he was foreign correspondent and news executive with United Press International in Latin America for seventeen years, based in Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico. Before joining FIU in 1989, he was executive editor of the daily El Mundo newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is also the founding publisher of Pulso del Periodismo. At FIU John has led workshops on ethics and the role of the press in democracies to 2,000 mid-career journalists in sixteen Latin American countries.