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IPS Latin America journalist network

Below are the profiles of some of the journalists and correspondents working with IPS North America.

DIANA CARIBONI, Regional Editor

Diana Cariboni joined the agency in 2001. She has been the Regional Editor of IPS Latin America since March 2003. She is responsible for the IPS World Service in Spanish and overall journalistic production in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Since March 2007, she has served as Editorial Director of Tierramérica, a weekly service about environment and sustainable development published by more than 20 Latin American newspapers. She handles a team of editors, translators and writers across the region, coordinates with the Editor in Chief, and forms part of the IPS Editorial Team.

She began her career as a journalist in 1992 working for various media outlets in Uruguay, such as El Observador and El País newspapers, and Sarandí and Setiembre FM radio stations. Cariboni specialises in technology, science, and public health. She worked as a writer on international politics, economy and environment for Third World Institute publications (a subsidiary of the Third World Network). She is married and the mother of five children. She was born in Argentina in 1962 and has lived in Uruguay since 1984.

Diana joined the agency in 2001.
e-mail: dcariboni[at]


Darío Montero joined IPS Latin America as an Editor in 1997.

His beats include Uruguayan and international politics and economics. He has worked extensively in radio. In 2002 he began contributing to the programme “Zona Oeste”, of El Puente FM in Montevideo, a radio affiliate of the World Association of Community Radios. He worked as a journalism director, producer and co-presenter on several radio programmes of AM Libre and El Espectador in Montevideo. Montero worked for La República newspaper as Assistant Editor, Chief of Political and General News, and Writer and Coordinator of Research Teams. He also worked for Guambia, a magazine of political humour, and Aquí weekly as International News Chief and Correspondent in Argentina. He studied History and Geography at the Catholic institute Nuestra Señora de las Nieves in Buenos Aires.

e-mail: dmontero[at]


Raúl Pierri was born in Buenos Aires, lived for nine years in Mexico, and moved to Uruguay in 1985. He joined IPS in May 2000 as Junior Editor, Correspondent and Translator from English into Spanish at the Latin American desk.

Raúl began work in 1996 as a Columnist and Editor of Crime News for La República newspaper, where he also served as a Writer and Editor for Economic, Labour and International News. He studies History and Literature at the University of the Republic of Uruguay.

e-mail: rpierri[at]


Julieta Sokolowicz joined the IPS Latin American desk in Montevideo in 2005 as a Translator/Editor from English into Spanish. Since then she has worked as an Editor of the IPS environmental weekly Tierramérica.

Sokolowicz has a degree in Social Communication (Universidad Católica del Uruguay), a certificate in English Language Teaching (University of Cambridge) and a diploma in Film Criticism (Escuela de Cine del Uruguay). She worked for the Uruguayan radio station El Espectador for eight years, where she was an Editor of the website and covered film festivals for several programmes, mainly En Perspectiva. She also contributed to the BBC and the TV Ciudad cable channel, and wrote for the film magazine Otrocine, where she was part of the editorial board. Sokolowicz has been a member of the jury during three of the annual international film festivals organised by Cinemateca Uruguaya.

e-mail: jsokolowicz[at]


Marcela Valente has been IPS correspondent in Argentina since 1990, specialising in social and gender issues.

She is a History teacher and alternates her correspondent work with teaching journalism at various schools and workshops. At the University of Buenos Aires, she has taught Introduction to the Study of Society and the State. Marcela has participated in several courses and workshops on journalism in Costa Rica, Germany, Denmark and Uruguay. She has covered news in Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay and Sweden. She began her career in 1985 as a contributor for the Argentine newspaper Clarín. She also worked for El Correo de Bilbao (Spain) and the Uruguayan weekly magazine Brecha, among other media.

e-mail: mmvalente[at]


Mario Osava has been an IPS Correspondent since 1978. When he first joined the agency, he worked from Lisbon, and since 1980 he has been based in Rio de Janeiro. He specialises in news on the environment, economic integration and social issues.

He was in charge of covering two international United Nations conferences for IPS: the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and the Habitat Summit in Istanbul in 1996. He also covered the World Social Forums in Porto Alegre in 2001 and 2003. Osava was born in Brazil in 1945, the son of two Japanese immigrants. He studied Journalism in Sao Paulo and, before beginning work as a journalist, he taught Portuguese, worked in adult literacy, filmmaking and community organisation in the ‘favelas’ (Brazilian slums). He has lived in Cuba, Chile, Belgium, Portugal and Angola. He worked as a journalist in Angola and as a writer for the magazine Cuadernos del Tercer Mundo and O Globo newspaper.

e-mail: mosava[at]


Franz Chávez has been an IPS Correspondent from Bolivia since November 2003. He covers Bolivian current affairs and the country’s dynamic transition from market-oriented government to government supported by indigenous people and low-income sectors of society.

To provide adequate coverage of the complex Bolivian reality, especially for an international audience, Chávez tends to focus on those stories generally neglected by mainstream media, putting a special effort into contextualising events in what is currently one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Born in La Paz, Chávez worked for Radio Christal from 1985 to 1990, then joined the editorial team of the local television channels 2, 4, 7 and 11. He is also among the founders of the daily newspapers La Razón, where he worked from 1990 to 1995, la Prensa, where he worked from 1998 to 2001, and La Prensa-Oruro. Chávez studied Sociology and Communication at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés de La Paz.

e-mail: zchavez2000[at]


Daniela Estrada joined IPS in 2004, as an assistant to Gustavo Gonzáles, who was then the Correspondent from the Santiago office. She was appointed Correspondent in July 2006 and in that very same year her story titled “Pascua-Lama sí, pero no tocar glaciares” was singled out with 24 others from all over the world to receive the Project Censored Award from the Sonoma State University, in California.

Born in Santiago in 1981, Daniela Estrada has a degree in Journalism from the Universidad de Chile and has worked for several media outlets in the field of technology.

e-mail: destrada[at]


Patricia Grogg was born in Chile, but lives in Cuba, where she joined the IPS team in Havana in 1998. She shares the Cuban Correspondent duties with Dalia Acosta.

Grogg worked as a Correspondent and contributor for the Mexican newspapers El Día and Día Latinoamericano, among others, and as a Reporter, Editor and Assignment Editor for the Cuban agency Prensa Latina. She also worked as a journalist for the magazine Cuba Internacional. In 1994 and 1995 Grogg was the News Director of the South American regional office of the Mexican agency Notimex in Santiago, Chile. Since 1997, she has worked as a Correspondent for the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio. She studied Spanish Literature at the University of Chile and Journalism at the University of Havana.

e-mail: pgrogg[at]


Diego Cevallos was born in Ecuador in 1965, and began working as a contributor for IPS in 1989. In 1992 he was appointed Correspondent in Quito and two years later he relocated to Mexico. He has been representing IPS in Mexico since 1997.

Cevallos specialises in coverage of international meetings and of indigenous issues, during which he has travelled many times to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, stronghold of the Zapatista guerrillas, as well as to many other places in Latin America. Diego holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Central University of Ecuador and a Postgraduate degree in Strategic Political Analysis from the Economic Research and Teaching Centre in Mexico. He also studied Law at the Catholic University of Ecuador and has worked in TV and other media.

e-mail: dcevallos[at]


Humberto, who joined IPS in 1999, has been a journalist for more than 25 years, specialising in international news.

He worked for 15 years with Agence France Presse (AFP), 10 as Assignment Editor in Caracas, covering Venezuela, the Caribbean and the Guyanas. He also worked for more than five years in the international section of the Caracas newspaper El Nacional. Márquez has covered various international conferences, regional summits, electoral processes in the Americas and Europe, conflicts and peace negotiations, tours by the Pope, the petroleum business, sports events and the state of prison systems.

e-mail: hmarquez[at]

Thelma Mejía has been working for IPS since 1987, when she started collaborating with the agency on subjects relating to childhood and gender. She took part in the Programa Especial de Cooperación Económica regional project, after which she was promoted to Associate Correspondent from Honduras. She became full Correspondent in 1994.Mejía has a degree in journalism and a Master’s degree in Political and Social Theory from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma, Honduras. She has worked as Editor in Chief of the daily El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa), as a consultant on issue of governance, information access, political parties and mass media for the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, the Centro de Competencias y Comunicación of the Friederich Ebert Foundation and various social organizations from Honduras. She is the author of several articles and of a book on journalism and political pressures. For more than five years, she has been a collaborator on the IPS environmental news service Tierramérica.

e-mail: thelma_mejia[at]


Kintto Lucas, Uruguayan born, but resident of Ecuador since 1990, is an IPS contributor specialising in indigenous issues in Latin America and social and political conflicts in the Andean area, especially the Colombian civil conflict.

Lucas is director of Tintají magazine, member of the editorial board of the Revista Nacional de Cultura of Ecuador and a contributor to various Latin American and European publications. In 1990, he received the José Martí Latin American Journalism Award. He worked as a columnist for the newspapers Hoy, La Hora and El Comercio in Quito, and Expreso in Guayaquil. In addition to working as a teacher in the Andean University Simón Bolívar and the Catholic University in Quito, Lucas has written the books “Rebeliones indígenas y negras en América Latina” (1992), “Mujeres del siglo XX” (1997), “La rebelión de los indios” (2001) and “Plan Colombia. La Paz Armada” (2001).

e-mail: kintto[at], kintto[at]


Inés Benítez has been writing for IPS from Guatemala since February 2007.

Born in Spain in 1973, between 2001 and 2005 Benítez lived in the Dominican Republic where she worked as a Correspondent for the Spanish news agency EFE. During this time, she had the chance to cover events occurring in neighbouring Haiti. Benítez also worked for the newspaper Hoy and the business magazine Mercado, both of them based in the Dominican Republic.

After completing a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Universidad Computense de Madrid, Benítez attended a post-graduate course in Norway and got a Master’s degree in journalism from the daily El Correo, in Bilbao; in 1998, she worked for the daily newspaper Sur, in Málaga, and a year later she joined EFE, where she worked as Editor for the Spanish teams in Málaga, Tenerife and Salamanca.

e-mail: in.benitez[at]

Ángel Páez has extensive experience working in Peru as an investigative journalist on stories about corruption, drug trade, political violence, arms trade and other forms of organized crime. He joined IPS as a correspondent from his country in 2005.Born in 1963, Páez studied journalism at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima and started working at the daily newspaper La República in 1985. In 1990 he founded the Unidad de Investigación, a collective of journalists which uncovered the corruption scandals surrounding the government of Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000). Páez was the first to publish a story on one of those cases, which later led the Chilean courts to hand in the perpetrator to the Peruvian authorities. A correspondent in Lima for the Argentinean newspaper Clarín and the Mexican magazine Proceso, Páez is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a Washington-based organization that promotes global investigations.

e-mail: apaez[at]


Milagros Salazar started her collaboration with IPS in June 2006. She specializes in the coverage of social and environmental conflicts, in particular those relating to the mining, oil and gas industries in Peru. She also writes about the illegal production and trade of cocaine, which leads her to travel in different areas of the country. Salazar also writes for the political pages of the daily La República, published in Lima. Since 1993, she has been working as an Editor and Correspondent for several national dailies, including Expreso and El Peruano.

Born in Lima in 1976, Salazar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communication from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú. She has also pursued further study on political governance as part of programmes sponsored by the George Washington University (United States).

e-mail: milisalazar2003[at]


Uruguayan-born Verónica Firme has been working with IPS Latin America since 1999. She first worked as a secretary and then as assistant to the Regional Director. In 2006 she joined the Regional Desk as Translator/Editor from English into Spanish.

Before the age of 11 she already knew three continents, except for her own country, where she landed in 1985 and finished high school at the Liceo Francés de Montevideo. She studied Social Education at Institute of Children and Adolescents Staff Training School. Very interested in social and cultural issues, Firme studied Anthropology at the University of the Republic of Uruguay. Firme also holds a diploma in translation from the University of Cambridge and the Diplome de Hautes Etudes Françaises (DHEF), translation option, from the Alliance Française de Paris. She is the mother of two.

e mail: vfirme[at]

Dalia Acosta joined IPS in 1990 as a contributor and since 1995 she has been IPS Correspondent in Havana.Acosta received her degree International Journalism from the State Institute of International Relations in Moscow in 1987. She worked for the Cuban newspapers Granma and Juventud Rebelde, where she specialised in investigative journalism related to women, minorities, AIDS and sexual rights. In 1991, she began working for the Servicio de Noticias de la Mujer (SEM). In 1990, she received the Tina Modotti Journalism Award and two years later she won the National Journalism Award for an article on the rock music community in Cuba. Currently she alternates her IPS work with an academic investigation of homosexuality in Cuba.

e-mail: dacosta[at]

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