Lourdes Garcia-Navarro

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is an NPR international correspondent covering South America for NPR. She is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Previously, she served a NPR's correspondent based in Israel, reporting on stories happening throughout the Middle East. She was one of the first reporters to enter Libya after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising began and spent months painting a deep and vivid portrait of a country at war. Often at great personal risk, Garcia-Navarro captured history in the making with stunning insight, courage and humanity.

For her work covering the Arab Spring, Garcia-Navarro was awarded a 2011 George Foster Peabody Award, a Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club, and an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Alliance for Women and the Media's Gracie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement.

Before her assignment to Jerusalem began in 2009, Garcia-Navarro served for more than a year as NPR News' Baghdad Bureau Chief and before that three years as NPR's foreign correspondent in Mexico City, reporting from that region as well as on special assignments abroad.

Garcia-Navarro got her start in journalism as a freelancer with the BBC World Service and Voice of America, reporting from Cuba, Syria, Panama and Europe. She later became a producer for Associated Press Television News before transitioning to AP Radio. While there, Garcia-Navarro covered post-Sept. 11 events in Afghanistan and developments in Jerusalem. In 2002, she began a two-year reporting stint based in Iraq.

In addition to the Murrow award, Garcia-Navarro was honored with the 2006 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for a two-part series "Migrants' Job Search Empties Mexican Community." She contributed to NPR News reporting on Iraq, which was recognized with a 2005 Peabody Award and a 2007 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton.

Garcia-Navarro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from Georgetown University and an Master of Arts degree in journalism from City University in London.

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Latin America
5:23 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Brazilians Stage Massive Protests Against President Dilma Rousseff

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:50 am

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Parallels
5:36 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Drumbeat Grows Louder For Impeachment Of Brazil's Rousseff

Embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (shown here at the 21st International Construction Salon in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday) was elected four months ago. Her administration has been hit hard by economic problems and a massive corruption scandal at the state oil company, Petrobras.
Nelson Almeida AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

This week, President Dilma Rousseff descended the famous ramp designed by Oscar Neiymeyer in the presidential palace of Planalto to a crowd of women chanting her name.

The carefully choreographed ceremony was intended to show Rousseff — who was signing into law a ban on femicide — as a leader who has broad support.

But the night before the scene was a very different one. While she was addressing the country on TV, people grabbed their pots and pans and banged on them in protest.

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Latin America
5:08 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Sao Paulo's Drought Pits Water Prospectors Against Wildcatters

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 7:45 am

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Latin America
8:17 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Minor Characters Take The Stage In Argentina's Real-Life Murder Mystery

Diego Lagomarsino, a computer expert who gave late prosecutor Alberto Nisman the gun that killed him, speaks to reporters during a press conference in Buenos Aires last month.
Rodrigo Abd AP

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 3:33 pm

The locksmith. The journalist. The computer technician. The waitress. The carpenter.

They are a rotating cast of characters connected to prosecutor Alberto Nisman and the deepening mystery surrounding his death last month. Famous for a moment, they have fed Argentina's obsession with conspiracy.

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Latin America
4:50 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Families Of Slain Brazilian Police Officers Ask For Tougher Penalties

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 10:43 pm

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Latin America
5:06 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Gitmo Detainees Transferred To Uruguay Say Life Isn't Much Better

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 8:13 pm

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Latin America
5:06 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Tens Of Thousands Mark Argentine Prosecutor's Mysterious Death

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 7:56 am

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Latin America
5:15 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

In Argentina, Marchers Mark One Month Since Prosecutor's Death

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 6:59 pm

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Latin America
4:00 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Escape The Winter Woes With A Glimpse Of The Rio Shoreline

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 7:46 pm

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If you live in the east, middle or south of the country, you probably need a big coat today thanks to the latest winter storms. Yep, baby, it's cold outside, which is why we offer you this.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Hot stuff.

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World
5:07 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Samba School Outrage Points To Carnival's Murky Financial History

Performers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on March 3, 2014. That year, the Beija-Flor parade was centered on a theme of communication throughout history; this year's theme, underwritten by Equatorial Guinea, is more controversial.
Felipe Dana AP

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 6:20 pm

It's Carnival in Brazil – the five-day wild celebration before the beginning of Lent. And there is no place quite like Rio de Janeiro to enjoy it.

But along with the music, costumes and pageantry comes the inevitable yearly financial scandal.

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