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Bolivian journalist and author Raúl Peñaranda, NF ’08, has received the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on the Americas from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Cited for his fight against the abuse of power and media concentration by the regime of Bolivian President Evo Morales, Peñaranda has created three independent media outlets: Nueva Economía, La Época and Página Siete, which he designed during his Nieman year.

The Cabot Prize Board praised his work as a successful media entrepreneur, innovator, editor and author and described him as “a voice of cool reason” in the polarized political environment in his country. Peñaranda notes that he left his fellowship with a renewed sense of purpose and a powerful idea “to practice the kind of journalism that strengthens Bolivian democracy.”

 

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