AUDIO: Juan Forero speaking with Columbia students (click to listen)
When Juan Forero, J-school class of ’88, was sent to open The New York Times bureau in Colombia in 2000, he was one of several U.S. newspaper correspondents based in South America. Today, there are only a handful of them. Currently, Forero is a part-time correspondent for The Washington Post and NPR. He is based in Colombia, and covers stories in Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.
A Colombian native, Forero grew up in the United States. He has also been a staff writer at the Newark Star-Ledger, New York Newsday, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and other papers. He has reported from 15 countries in the Americas.
In his presentation Forero spoke — among other topics — about his journey to become an international correspondent, his experiences reporting in South America, the role of NGO’s as sources while covering human rights related stories, and the power of radio in bringing stories alive.
Listen to the audio recording at the top of the post! Or right+click below to download the audio.
— By Mariana Cristancho-Ahn
Photo slideshow and audio recording by Svetlana Didorenko