Carlos Eduardo Huertas, Colombia is the director of CONNECTAS and chief of party for the Investigative Reporting Initiative in the Americas, a project of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).
Huertas was a Nieman Fellow at Havard University in 2012 when CONNECTAS started with the support of the Knight Foundation. The platform promotes the interchange of information and knowledge about key issues in the Americas.
For more than a decade until 2012, Huertas was the investigations editor at Semana Magazine, one of Latin America’s top publications. He began his journalistic career as a correspondent for the Press and Society Institute (IPYS) in monitoring Press Freedom and Expression in Colombia. In 2006 he founded Consejo de Redacción (CdR), a professional association in Colombia that promotes investigative journalism. He has been honored as an honorary member of CdR; as well as the Forum of Journalists of Argentina (FOPEA), and as Master Guest of Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation for New Latin American Journalism (FNPI). He has participated in several of ICIJ’s investigations, including Swiss Leaks and Panama Papers.
He was also on the first elected board of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). His reports on corruption, human rights violations, and environmental issues have earned him several national and international awards. He was part of the winning teams of the Award of the Inter American Press Association in 2015-2017, the King of Spain Award (2008), and the IPYS – Tilac Award for the best investigative report in Latin America (2007, 2009).
Read a Q&A with Huertas in ICIJ's Secrets of the Masters series (en espanol).