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Ana Arana

Ana Arana, United States, is an investigative journalist who reports on Latin American criminal organizations.

A former foreign correspondent, Arana was based in El Salvador and Colombia from 1987 to 1992, reporting for the Miami HeraldU.S. News & World Report, and The Baltimore Sun. She is a former staff reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Arana was Americas coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) from 1993-1995, and is a consultant for the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), where she conducts in-depth investigations on the murders of Latin American journalists. She has been the recipient of various fellowships including a Knight International Press Fellowship in 1998-1999; a Panos Institute Latin American fellowship, 1997; and a visiting fellowship at the Center for War, Peace and the News Media at New York University from 1999-2000.

Her publications include “Silenced: the Unsolved Murder of Immigrant Journalists in the United States” published by CPJ, and two volumes on unsolved crimes against journalists in Latin America, published by the IAPA. Arana’s reports have been published by Foreign AffairsMarie Claire, Salon.Com, The Media Studies JournalThe Columbia Journalism Review, and The Village Voice, among others.

Arana has lectured before the Council on Foreign Relations, Bard College, New York University, the Foundation for a New Ibero-American Journalism, and the Violeta Chamorro Foundation. She is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and San Francisco State University.

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