Rui Araujo, Portugal, is an award-winning investigative reporter who has covered wars in Angola, Zaire, Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, Libya, Central African Republic, Syria and particularly East Timor, the former Portuguese colony under Indonesian rule.
He produced a highly acclaimed documentary, leading the first Portuguese television crew allowed onto the island after the 1975 Indonesian invasion. He is a former stringer for UPI, Radio France Internationale, O Jornal, TSF Radio, Expresso, Visao, the French daily newspaper Liberation, and is one of the founders of Grande Reportagem, a weekly news magazine. In 1987, Araujo reported for CBS News on the Iran-Contra scandal.
Araujo has won eleven journalism awards for television and print reporting. A graduate of the Sorbonne in Paris, Araujo was a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University in 1991.
He is the author of a non-fiction book on East Timor, published in 1985, co-author of Grande Reportagem, published in 2006, and a contributing writer to Corruption Notebooks (Center for Public Integrity).
Araujo has been ombudsman for the Portuguese daily newspaper Publico from 2006 to 2007 and a freelance reporter for French weekly newsmagazine Le Point from 2007 to 2013. He is now a special assignment reporter for Portuguese television station TVI and a stringer for Spanish magazine LUZES. His 2013 investigation into forest fires in Portugal, Cruel August, was honored with the National Association of Professional Firefighters Award.
He is the author of various fiction books and he recently wrote two non-fiction books. In September 2008 he published The Secret Diary Salazar Did Not Read and in October 2010 he investigated Portuguese intelligence during World War II in The Empire of Spies. His latest fiction book, Sanz Blues – The Temptation of Abyss, will soon be published by prestigious Portuguese publishing company Gradiva.
Araujo has been a guest professor of investigative journalism at both the Masters program designed by Spanish newspaper ABC at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and at the Masters in Journalism Research, Data, and Visualization from El Mundo and the University Rey Juan Carlos.
He was also the professor in charge of “Reporting Techniques” and “Investigative Journalism” at ISCTE-IUL (Instituto Universitario de Lisboa)/Media Capital, in 2013.
Read a Q&A with Araujo in ICIJ's Secrets of the Masters series.