Luis Botello

Senior Program Director of Special Projects

Botello is responsible for developing strategies for expanding ICFJ’s work in key areas of media development. He oversees ICFJ’s monitoring and evaluation systems. He conducts a variety of training programs and conferences on digital media, mobile technology, ethics, press freedom and media development worldwide. Botello also worked on ICFJ’s distance learning programs and developing strategies on new media. He worked for 10 years as ICFJ's Latin American program director and launched ICFJ's International Journalism Network (IJNet), an online media assistance news service. Botello previously served as morning newscast producer, host and television reporter for Televisora Nacional in Panama, where he covered assignments in Colombia, the United States and Europe. He is a member of the board of directors of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin and the Latin American Journalism Center (CELAP) in Panama City, Panama. He received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1988 and a fellowship to Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication in 1997. He has a B.A. in journalism and a M.A. in mass communications from Louisiana State University. He is a native Spanish-speaker, fluent in English and proficient in Portuguese.

lbotello (at) icfj (dot) org

Geographic Specialties: 

Latin America

Areas of Expertise: 

Best practices in journalism, civic journalism, journalism ethics, freedom of expression, freedom of the media