Max Bono is a freelance journalist based in Brazil. He writes for Brazzil.com and Musibrasil.com and other websites. Bono’s covers Latin American politics and culture, and his investigative work focuses on transnational wrongdoing. Bono has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Journalism School in New York, and earned his bachlor’s degreee in economics at the University of Siena in Italy.
Roberto Guareschi is an Argentinean journalist who works as columnist and editor for the Latin America branch of Project Syndicate, an international agency of opinion columns and op-ed essays. He has written about international events, Latin American politics, and crime. He is the former editor of Clarín, Argentina’s largest selling daily newspaper, and participated in the creation of Clarín’s online news operation. He is also the former editor of El Cronista Comercial, which he ran from 1975 to 1976. He was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of Argentina’s National Academy of Journalism. Guareschi is a two-time winner of the Konex Prize in Argentina. He studied literature at the University of Buenos Aires.
Gonzalo Guillén, a native of Bogotá, is a consultant to several Latin American newspapers and president of the Colombian chapter of the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS). He specializes in human rights, armed conflict and official corruption. He is also on the faculty of International Relations at the University of Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano. He directed the documentary “Igaparaná” and authored “Operación Jaque,” which opened in June 2011 and shows how the liberation of Ingrid Betancourt, three Americans and 11 Colombian military was not the product of painstaking work of military intelligence, but rather a financial negotiation with two FARC leaders and the President Alvaro Uribe. He has worked at El Tiempo in Bogota, the TV-news TV TODAY, and was editor in chief for the news agency Colprensa. He served as general editor at the Bogotá daily La Prensa, and as editor at El Universo in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and at El País in Cali, Colombia. He has also worked as a Bogotá correspondent for The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald of Miami, covering Colombia and the Andean countries. He received his B.A. from the University of Bogotá, Jorge Tadeo Lozano.
Phil Gunson is a Caracas-based freelancer who writes mainly for The Economist and The Miami Herald. He had previously worked in Mexico City as the Latin American correspondent for The Guardian, and freelanced from Miami for The Guardian and BBC Latin American Service, covering the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. While based in London, Gunson was the editor of World Insurance Report and Latin American Markets, produced by the Financial Times Business Newsletters. He has also written a book on the invasion of Panama. He was head of the English Language Service for EFE Spanish news agency and London Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service. He also freelanced from Tegucigalpa for The Guardian, CBC Radio and Time magazine. He is a graduate of Cambridge University.
Luz Maria Helguero is the president of the board of the Peruvian NGO Transparencia and created the first Peruvian citizen online newspaper, Gua 3.0. She also founded the Network of Provincial Journalists to provide training for local Peruvian journalists. She has spearheaded the formation of a network of regional Peruvian journalists with the goal of having a unified regional front to influence policymaking decisions in the capital. She has provided extensive training for local journalists, including in areas where such opportunities are rare. Since 1994, she has been a board member and publisher of El Tiempo, a regional Peruvian newspaper founded in 1916, and where she had previously worked as the paper’s editor-in-chief. Under her tenure, El Tiempo has won three major national awards. In 2003, Ms. Helguero was warded a Reagan-Fascell Fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington. She was also a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where she focused on democracy, development and corruption. She is a graduate of the Universidad de Piura in Piura, Peru, where she has also earned a masters degree.
Maria L. Pallais
Maria L. Pallais, based in Mexico City, is a journalist who has worked as a writer and editor for Vision, a Latin American newsmagazine. She has also reported for The Associated Press in New York City and served as an assistant field producer for CBS/60 Minutes in Nicaragua, a correspondent for the CNN World Report in Nicaragua, a stringer for El País in Nicaragua, and chief international editor for Notimex, the Mexican news agency, based in Mexico City. She has also contributed pieces to The Nation, World Broadcast News, South Magazine, The Latin American Newsletter, the German News Agency DPA, and InterPress Service. Following 9/11, she wrote a weekly chronicle from Washington for Proceso, Mexico’s top investigative news magazine, until her return to Mexico in March 2002. She received a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Daniel Santoro is the national political editor at Clarín, Argentina’s largest newspaper, and has conducted extensive investigations into government corruption, national security matters, and international drug trafficking. He has broken a number of scandals detailing arms smuggling, including one story linking former President Carlos Menem with illegal sale of 6,500 tons of weapons to Croatia, which was under a UN arms embargo at the time, and to Ecuador. In addition to his work at Clarín, Santoro teaches investigative journalism at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires and has also conducted classes at the Fundación para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, run by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García-Marquez in Colombia. He was awarded the 1995 King of Spain international journalism award for his “outstanding contribution” to journalism and the 2004 Maria Moors Cabot prize from Columbia University. He studied at the University of Belgrano in Argentina.