Cristina Tardáguila

Senior Program Director

Cristina Tardáguila is a Senior Program Director, with a focus on media sustainability. Tardáguila is from Rio de Janeiro. In 2015, she founded Agência Lupa, the first fact-checking initiative in her country, and is now considered one of the strongest media entrepreneurs in Latin America. Tardáguila got a bachelors degree in journalism at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, a master’s degree in journalism at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid and an MBA in digital marketing at Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio. 

As a reporter and editor, she has worked in some of the most important media outlets in Brazil: O Globo, Folha de S.Paulo, and revista piauí. From 2019 to 2021, Tardáguila was the associate director for the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), based at the Poynter Institute. During this period, she coordinated the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance, the largest fact-checking collaborative project of its kind, and was nominated (with other fact-checkers) for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

Tardáguila has published three books: “A Arte do Descaso” (2016) about the biggest art heist in Brazil that remains unsolved; “Você foi Enganado” (2018) about Brazilian presidential false claims (1920-2020); and “Tempestade Perfeita” (2021) about the Brazilian media landscape.