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Frederick Bernas

Ecuador 2015
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Frederick Bernas is a journalist, filmmaker and photographer based in Latin America. Currently living in Buenos Aires after stints in Moscow and New York, he has worked for AP, the BBC, CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, The Guardian, VICE, Al Jazeera and others. He is particularly interested in stories that illuminate political and social issues through a cultural lens, and also enjoys science, development and environmental topics. Two years of reporting across Latin America have taken him to prisons in Mexico City, a Japanese colony in Bolivia, the vast favelas of Rio de Janeiro, observatories in northern Chile and remote indigenous communities in the Argentine mountains. In 2014, he produced a series of pieces exploring the social repercussions of the soccer World Cup in Brazil, and returned to Rio this year to write a long-form piece about the 450th anniversary of a deeply divided city. He was born in London to a British/American family. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in politics and Russian from the University of Bristol, England.


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