Bio Raúl Peñaranda

Higher Education, Experience, Other Studies

Raul Peñaranda is Maria Moors Cabot Prize 2015. He is a Bolivian journalist and analyst. Until February 2017, he was the Editor of Fides, a bolivian news agency (ANF) and currently he is a Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, in Washington DC.

He was also the editor of Aldea Global (Global Village), a weekly supplement about international affairs, distributed by the Página Siete newspaper. 

The author of a new book, "Remote Control: How Evo Morales' Government Created a Network of Para-Governmental Media and a Plan to Harass the Independent Press", has authored or co-authored nine books on media and politics. Many of these are being used as textbooks in Bolivian universities.

Peñaranda was founding director of three newspapers: Nueva Economía (1993 ), La Época (2001) and Página Siete (2010), now one of the most important newspapers in Bolivia. He left the latter position in August 2013.

He received Harvard University's Nieman Fellowship in 2008. During his academic year at Harvard, he focused on issues related to development, democracy and political conflict.

Peñaranda has also received the United Nations' Elizabeth Neuffer Medal (presented by General Secretary Ban Ki -moon ); the Universidad San Francisco de Asis' and the Association of Journalists of La Paz’ Defense of Freedom of Expression Awards and the Franz Tamayo Intellectual Merit medal conferred in the presence of the President of the Republic.

He has made presentations on topics of journalism, democracy and political developments in several cities of Bolivia, as well as Lima, Caracas, Santo Domingo, Monterrey, Cordoba (Argentina ), Cambridge (USA), Austin, Miami and Tblisi.

Peñaranda holds a degree in mass communication from the Bolivian Catholic University and a degree in Advanced Journalism from the University Andina.

Twitter: RaulPenaranda1