Paola Hurtado, Guatemala, is a freelance journalist, writer, and professor of journalism.

Hurtado was deputy news manager at Canal Antigua and hosts the television news program “A las 8:45”.

Hurtado was chief of editor in the weekly ContraPoder, and was chief of the investigative reporting team at elPeriódico in Guatemala City.

Hurtado started as a national reporter for the daily edition of elPeriódico,then moved to the Sunday edition where she covered social issues. With her team of investigative reporters, Hurtado has produced stories on political, economic and social matters. Hurtado represented Guatemala in Spain in the Balboa Scholarship Program for Latin American journalists, which placed her as a television news reporter for the Spanish agency EFE, in Madrid.

Hurtado has written for television programs and collaborated with American broadcast news programs. She has won several awards including the Irma Flaquer Prize from the United Nations Development Program and the UNICEF Communication Award in 2003.