Journalist Profile

Rui Araujo

Rui Araujo, Portugal, is an award-winning investigative reporter who has covered wars in Angola, Zaire, Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, Libya and particularly East Timor, the former Portuguese colony under Indonesian rule.

He produced a highly acclaimed documentary, leading the first Portuguese television crew allowed onto the island after the 1975 Indonesian invasion. He is a former stringer for UPI, Radio France Internationale, O Jornal, TSF Radio, Expresso, Visao, the French daily newspaper Liberation, and is one of the founders of Grande Reportagem, a weekly newsmagazine. In 1987, Araujo reported for CBS News on the Iran-Contra scandal.

Araujo has won ten journalism awards for television and print reporting. A graduate of the Sorbonne in Paris, Araujo was a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University in 1991. 

He is the author of a non-fiction book on East Timor, published in 1985, co-author of Grande Reportagem, published in 2006, and a contributing writer to Corruption Notebooks (Center for Public Integrity).

Araujo has been ombudsman for the Portuguese daily newspaper Publico from 2006 to 2007. He is now a special assignment reporter for Portuguese television station TVI and a freelance reporter for French weekly newsmagazine Le Point.

He is the author of various fiction books and he recently wrote two non-fiction books. In September 2008 he published The Secret Diary Salazar Did Not Read and in October 2010 he investigated Portuguese intelligence during World War II in The Empire of Spies.

Rui Araujo has been a guest professor of investigative journalism at both the Masters program designed by Spanish newspaper ABC at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and at the Masters in Journalism Research, Data, and Visualization from El Mundo and the University Rey Juan Carlos.

He is also the professor in charge of “Reporting Techniques” and “Investigative Journalism” at ISCTE-IUL (Instituto Universitario de Lisboa)/Media Capital, beginning September 2013 in Lisbon.

Read a Q&A with Araujo in ICIJ's Secrets of the Masters series.

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