Marcelo Soares, Brazil, is an independent data reporter and graduate journalism program professor.

He was the first audience and data editor in Brazilian media, at Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil’s largest newspaper. 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, and Global Integrity.