Latin America Regional Advisory Council /

Natália Viana

Natalia Viana is the co-founder and executive director of Agência Pública, the first non-profit investigative journalism outlet founded and run by women in Brazil. Her investigative work has focused on documenting and reporting human rights violations in countries such as Angola, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, India, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Natalia is the author or co-author of five books on political violence and social issues in Latin America. As a reporter and editor, she has received several journalism awards, including the Vladimir Herzog Award for Human Rights (2005/2016), the Comunique-se Award (2016/2017), the Women’s Trophy Press Award (2011/2013), and the Gabriel García Márquez Award (2016). Her work has been published in media outlets such as The Guardian, Intercept, The Nation, BBC, and Asymptote.

Natalia previously served as the president of the Associação de Jornalismo Digital (Ajor), an association of Brazilian digital media startups with a mission to strengthen independent, sustainable, and diverse journalism in the country. She is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the Council of the Gabo Foundation, and the OAS Council of the Center for Media Integrity of the Americas. Natalia is an Ashoka Fellow and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2022.