reporter, Canal 13, Santiago, Chile (Hearst Foundation Fellow)
Fuentes was born in Santiago, Chile and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication from the Universidad Católica de Chile. She worked as an assistant producer for CNN’s Chile Bureau for a year before joining Canal 13 Television in 1993 as an on-camera reporter for the news department. She worked for six years in the investigative unit of Teletrece, the main news program for Canal 13. In 1999 she became Canal 13’s correspondent in New York and Washington, D.C. and later traveled to London to cover the final months of Augusto Pinochet’s detention in that country. She returned to Chile in 2001 as part of a small team of reporters for “Contacto,” a high-profile investigative reporting unit that has produced in-depth documentaries on issues ranging from pedophilia and trafficking in women to government corruption and the secret plans of tobacco companies in Chile to combat anti-tobacco legislation. That report, titled “Smoke Screen,” won the Excellence in Journalism award from the Panamerican Health Organization in 2005. Fuentes was nominated for an International Emmy in 2005 for an investigation into Paul Shaefer, a fugitive and the most wanted criminal in Chile, who lived in impunity in Argentina for eight years.
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