«Class of 2010

Alfonso Cuellar

editor-in-chief, Semana magazine, Bogotá, Colombia

Project: How the journalists in other post-conflict countries make the transition from covering national crises to “everyday” news.

Cuellar was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, with a bachelor’s degree and also attended the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. He began his career in journalism in 1987 on the foreign desk for El Tiempo, Colombia’s largest newspaper. From 1989 to 1992, he headed the paper’s international coverage during the end of the Cold War. From 1992 to 1996, he worked for the Colombian government, first as an advisor on international affairs in the Colombian president’s office, then for the Colombian Embassy in Washington, DC and finally, for the United Nation’s Development Program in Cartagena, Colombia. He returned to journalism in 1996 as a reporter with Semana Magazine, the country’s leading magazine. From 1997 to 2005, he worked for BP Exploration of Colombia, a global energy company. In 2005, he returned to journalism as editor of Semana, Colombia’s leading newsweekly, which is known for its investigative work and political writing.

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