David Alandete is a Spanish journalist and expert in digital transformation with more than 15 years of experience in digital and print media, radio and television. For the past four years he was the digital managing editor at El País, coordinating a newsroom of more than 300 journalists both in Europe and America and leading the editorial transition towards a digital first mindset and workflow.

 
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As a member of the executive team of El País he served in the editorial and management boards. He was previously awarded a Fulbright grant and a National Award for Academic Excellence after graduating cum laude in Communications from the University of Valencia, one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe. 

Besides his executive duties, as a managing editor Alandete assembled and led an investigative team that covered the Russian meddling campaign in the the Catalan independence crisis and the Italian elections, among other governance crises. He introduced tools to combine data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis for strategic reporting on politics. He has interviewed Syrian president Bashar al Assad, Israel's president Shimon Peres, Ukraine's president Petró Poroshenko, Vogue's editor Anna Wintour and many other world leaders. 

Alandete has served as the El País liaison with the Leading European Newspaper Association, with regular contacts and coordination with media such as Die Welt, La Repubblica, Le Figaro and Gazeta Wyborcza. He has also been a frequent speaker in conferences on misinformation organised by the European Parliament and Commission; the European Values Think Tank, and the Atlantic Governance Institute, among others.

 
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From 2006 to 2012, Alandete was one of the El País’s US correspondents at their Washington bureau. He covered two presidential campaigns and was an accredited journalist in the State Department, the Pentagon and Congress. In 2011 he traveled to Kabul to report on the 10th anniversary of the military operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan. He also visited the detention camp in the Guantanamo Naval Base to cover the detainees’ trials.

As a Middle East Bureau Chief between 2013 and 2014, Alandete did extensive fieldwork in Lebanon, Syria, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Jordan and Egypt. He served as a war zone envoy and covered the Syrian war and the Egyptian coup d'état in 2013. 

Alandete graduated from George Washington University in 2006 with a Masters in International Policy and Practice, thanks to a Fulbright fellowship. Previously he had worked in radio and television. In 2001 he graduated from the El País School of Journalism, where he obtained his first Master’s degree, in journalism. In 2000 he graduated cum laude in Media Studies from the University of Valencia after receiving the Exceptional Career award.

You can read Alandete's articles both in Spanish and English in this page. You can also find some of them in Portuguese here.