Francisca Skoknic, Chile, is the director of the Diego Portales University’s Journalism School and one of the creators of Robot LaBot, the first Chilean news chatbot.
She is the former deputy director of CIPER, the country’s premier investigative reporting center.
Before joining CIPER she worked for several publications in Chile covering politics, economics and social issues.
Skoknic was awarded the 2008 Excellence in Journalism Award from Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile (with Cristóbal Peña and Mónica González) for a story that revealed the fraud behind an $80 million Civil Registry contract.
She also was awarded the 2018 Excellence in Digital Journalism Award (with Andrea Insunza and Paula Molina) for @RobotLabot’s coverage of the 2017 elections.
She has a master’s degree in public administration at Columbia University, where she concentrated on economic and political development and specializes in international media.