- Trip: Fellows Fall 2010
- Affiliation during program: Freelance print
- Country: Middle East
- Year: 2010
Konstantin Kakaes spent the 2009-10 academic year studying information theory and the origins of the computer as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2005-09 he was the Mexico City Bureau Chief for The Economist. He wrote about Latin American politics, economics and culture. His beat included Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He wrote about the roots of poverty and inequality in the region, as well as the drug trade. Among other countries in the region, he reported from Haiti, Cuba and Colombia, covering the aftermath of disasters, both natural and man-made. Before going to Mexico, he covered science and technology for The Economist in London. He wrote both about policy issues and scientific and technical developments. Kakaes was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in New Jersey and the Washington, DC area. He has a degree in physics from Harvard University.