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Fernanda Santos

Fellows Spring 2005
Freelance print, New York

Fernanda Santos covers New York City politics for The New York Times, where she has worked since September 2005. Prior to that, she spent three years at the New York Daily News, where she covered a wide range of stories, including the explosion of space shuttle Columbia, the deadly fire at a Rhode Island nightclub and the rescue of nine miners trapped in a coalmine in rural Pennsylvania. Fernanda also worked at The Eagle-Tribune in Lawrence, Mass.; at The Union-News and Sunday Republican in Springfield, Mass.; and as a police reporter for a daily newspaper in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the country where she was born. She was a Spring 2005 Fellow at the International Reporting Project, a 2003 Fellow at the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families and a co-writer of “Latinos in the United States,” a reference guide published by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro and a master's degree in print journalism from Boston University.


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    BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA – The veteran prosecutor, playing the role of defense attorney, spoke haltingly, measuring each question he asked the man on the witness stand. The rules were clear: He had 15...

  • From colorful mayor to presidente?

    Fernanda Santos reports from Colombia. BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA – At a time when a half-dozen people were killed on average every day in the Colombian capital, former mayor and presidential candidate Antanas...

  • Disarmed Colombian fighters try to get along

    BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA – The men sat on wobbly chairs in the courtyard, behind a rusty iron fence that delimits their comfort zone. The streets outside hold the lure of city life,...

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