world news editor, La Prensa Gráfica and Director, El Faro, San Salvador, El Salvador (Hearst Foundation Fellow)
Dada was born in Leuven, Belgium, where his Salvadoran parents were studying. He and his family returned to El Salvador when he was a child, but the family soon moved to Mexico during the conflict in El Salvador. He attended Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where he studied communication sciences. His first job in journalism was as a radio sports writer in 1993. He later was an assistant editor in the opinion and editoral section of La Crónica newspaper in Mexico City in 1996. He started a student magazine, worked in radio and television, and in 1998, founded El Salvador’s first Internet newspaper, El Faro, which has 15,000 to 20,000 readers a week. In 1999, he began working at La Prensa Gráfica, San Salvador’s largest newspaper, where he has been in charge of presidential coverage as well as being a film critic and culture columnist. He is now world news editor. In 2003, he traveled to Najaf, Iraq, where the Salvadoran troops were assigned, to report for his newspaper. He was named Journalist of the Year by the El Salvador Journalists Association in July 2004.
Information on this page is from the fellowship year.