Meet Latin America's Top Investigative Reporters

The International Center for Journalists cordially invites you to a reception and panel discussion.

Transparency Trailblazers: Latin American Reporters Spotlight Crime and Corruption

Meet the investigative reporters who are uncovering corruption in Latin America as never before. Carmen Aristegui and her team revealed a conflict of interest involving the Mexican first family and its $7 million mansion - and that cost the journalists their jobs. Ana Carolina Alpírez exposed a Guatemalan mayor who secured government contracts for personal gain. And Suchit Chávez documented how organized crime claims untold lives and goes unpunished in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, one of the most violent regions in the world for journalists.

Many dogged reporters belong to a new network called ConnectasHub where they can safely share sensitive information -- and break news -- across borders. They are also developing digital tools that track collusion between the rich and the powerful. Despite the risks, these reporters are keeping officials accountable to their citizens.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Panel 6 PM | Reception 7 PM

(There will be simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish.)<br/> National Press Club, The Holeman Lounge
529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

Please RSVP by March 21 to Christian Madonna at or 202-349-7618. <br/>

Ana Carolina Alpirez,, Guatemala

Carmen Aristegui, Aristegui Noticias, Mexico

Luis Botello, ICFJ, USA, Panama

Suchit Chávez, La Prensa Gráfica, El Salvador

Joyce Barnathan, President, ICFJ

Ana Carolina Alpírez is the editor of, Guatemala’s first and only investigative news site dedicated to monitoring public spending by local municipal governments. For 17 years, she served as managing editor for El Periódico de Guatemala, a leading news organization that played a critical role in uncovering major corruption scandals. One story exposed a mayor’s illegal dealings and led to the end of his political career. For it, she won second prize in a national competition by the Institute for Social Security for Journalists in 2014. @AnaAlpirez

Carmen Aristegui runs her own groundbreaking news website She is also anchor of the news program "Aristegui" on CNN en Espanol and a regular contributor to Reforma, one of Mexico’s leading newspapers. Her story on a conflict of interest involving the Mexican first family garnered headlines around the world. Aristegui has received numerous honors including the 2015 Gabriel García Marquez Prize and the 2014 PEN Mexico Prize. She is the author of "Uno de Dos 2006: México en la Encrucijada," which details the run-up to President Felipe Calderón’s election. @AristeguiOnline or @aristeguicnn

Luis Botello is ICFJ’s Senior Program Director of Special Projects. He runs a variety of programs in Latin America, including the Investigative Reporting Initiative in the Americas. He is a regular guest commentator on CNN en Espanol and NTN24. Botello previously served as morning newscast producer, host and television reporter for Televisora Nacional in Panama. @lbotello

Suchit Chávez is an investigative reporter for El Salvador’s leading newspaper, La Prensa Gráfica. She focuses on the justice system, spotlighting organized crime, drug trafficking, and victims of abuse in Central America. She is an active member of ConnectasHub, a new network of investigative reporters in Latin America working on cross-border news coverage. In 2015, her story on the victims of organized crime won third place in the ICFJ/Connectas Investigative Journalism Competition.


Joyce Barnathan is the president of ICFJ, where she helps develop and oversee a wide variety of high-impact programs that combine the best professional practices with new technologies. Previously, Barnathan served as the executive editor, Global Franchise, for BusinessWeek. @icfjoyce