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Marcelo Soares

Marcelo Soares, Brazil, is a digital reporter who is part of the New Platforms team at Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil’s largest newspaper. Soares keeps a blog about data at Folha: Afinal de Contas.

He collaborated on ICIJ’s award-winning projects “Tobacco Underground” and “The Global Climate Change Lobby.” While working at Transparencia Brasil, he conceived and coordinated in 2006 the creation of Excelencias, a database that publishes asset and lobbying information of congressmen. The project received the Esso award for Best Contribution to Press.

Soares was a founding member and served as the first executive manager at the Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI) and as a political writer at Folha. For two years, he was a politics commentator at MTV Brazil. As a freelancer, he wrote for international venues that include the Los Angeles Times, Wired.com and Global Integrity.

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