Ignacio Gómez, Colombia, is the subdirector of Noticias Uno, a current affairs program at Bogota television station Canal Uno.
His reports have probed deeply into drug-trafficking, political corruption, the arms trade, and international corporate involvement in the Colombian civil war and have appeared in several international publications, including Germany’s Der Spiegel and Britain’s The Guardian; he also was the first to expose Chiquita Brands deals with paramilitaries (2002).
Gómez has won numerous journalism prizes, including the Rothko Chapel Award in 1991 for his “exceptional commitment to truth and freedom.” In March 2000, Goméz was presented the Sam Chavkin Prize for Integrity in Latin American Journalism. He has also won three times Colombia’s Simón Bolívar National Prize for Journalism, including once for revealing how British mercenaries had trained Colombian right-wing paramilitaries involved in the narcotics trade. He later published a book, Los Comandos de la Guerra, on the topic.
Gómez teaches at Rosario University and is the president of the Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (Press Freedom Foundation) in Bogotá, recipient of the Missouri University´s Medal of Honor (2009) . Gómez was a 2000-2001 Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University. In 2002, he was also recipient of the International Press Freedom Awards from the Committee to Protect Journalists; in 2000 of Amnesty International’s Human Rights Media Award for Journalist under Risk and, in 2009, the Fundación para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (headed by Gabriel García Márquez) award for the best TV report in Latin América.