Experience

ABC, Washington Correspondent, September 2018 — present

  • Political correspondent and analyst. Covered de 2018 midterm elections.

EL PAÍS, Deputy Director, March 2014 — July 2018

  • Second in command at the world’s leading daily in Spanish. Oversaw all aspects of publication, both in print and online. Main liaison between the newsroom and the editor-in-chief. Member of the editorial and management boards. Managed a team of 300 and a network of 50 freelancers throughout the world.

  • Digital and multimedia strategy for El País, growing online audiences from 40 million to 100 million unique browsers in four years.

  • Established budgets and workflows to prioritize digital production and distribution of news.

  • Launched editorial projects with a strong focus on monetization, driving revenue from affiliate commissions.

  • Implemented sponsored and branded content projects with private companies and institutions such as The Inter-American Development Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • Events coordinator and speaker in conferences, television and radio engagements.

  • Main liaison with the Leading European Newspaper Alliance, with regular contacts with counterparts at La Repubblica, Le Soir, Le Figaro and Die Welt.

  • Developed a loyal roster of international international sources in government, intelligence, NGO, business and law enforcement.

  • Expert witness in the área of disinformation and digital meddling in political processes, testifying before the British and European Parliaments.

 
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RADIOTELEVISIÓN ESPAÑOLA, Political Commentator, May 2014  — July 2018

  • Regular commentator and analyst on politics and international affairs for live news shows in Spanish public television TVE and radio RNE.

EL PAÍS, Foreign Correspondent, Jan 2007 — May 2014

United States correspondent from 2007 to 2012.                

  • Credentialed correspondent at the Pentagon, the State Department and the United States Congress.

  • Embedded with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

  • Covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections as a member of the traveling press with Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

Middle East Bureau Chief from 2012 to 2014

  • Reported from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Egypt.

  • Coordinated a network of freelancers in the Middle East.

  • War zone envoy in Syria. Covered the Egyptian coup d’etat in 2013.

DEUTSCHE WELLE , Washington Correspondent, Jan 2011 – Dec 2012

  • Commentator for the Spanish service of Germany’s public international channel.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS REVIEW, Associate Editor, Aug 2006 - Aug 2007

  • Associate editor for the international affairs magazine of The George Washington University.

LOCALIA TV,  Anchor and Reporter, Jan 2002 - June 2006

  • News anchor for Madrid’s highest rated local TV channel.

  • Political correspondent and commentator or regional and local elections.

CADENA SER, Intern, Jan 2001 - Jan 2002

  • Intern for the weekend news bulletins at Spain’s leading radio station.

MUSICAT, Communications Office, Jan 1997 - Jan 2000

  • Spokesperson and press representative for one of the main classical music festivals in Valencia, Spain

 

Education

Master of Arts – International Policy and Practice, The George Washington University (2007) Fulbright grantee

Master of Arts – in Journalism, El País School of Journalism, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2001)

Bachelor of Arts – Communication and Media Studies, University of Valencia (2000)

Awards

First Amendment Award for Investigative Journalism, The Eisenhower Foundation (2018)

National Award for Data Protection in Journalism, Second Prize, Spanish Data Protection Agency  (2010)

Fulbright Scholarship for the Study of Journalism (2006)

National Award for Academic Excellence, Ministry of Education, Government of Spain (2000)

Special Academic Achievement Award, University of Valencia (2000)

Published Work 

Disinformation and Fake News

  • Broke the story of Russian meddling in the Catalan vote of independence of October 1st 2017. Researched the spread of false information and activation of bot networks to viralize disinformation throughout the world.

‘RT, Sputnik and the new Russian war’, El País, January 2, 2018

‘How the Russian meddling machine won the online battle of the illegal referendum’, El País, November 13, 2017

 ‘European Union fights the Kremlin’s propaganda machine’, El País, November 10, 2017

 ‘Russian meddling machine sets sights on Catalonia’, El País, September 27, 2017

  • Researched how Russian networks worked to boost the far right in Italy through and analysis of social networks. Revealed how Kremlin-backed media outlets boosted xenophobic discourse in the March 2018 vote. The research was quoted by media outlets in Italy and the rest of the world.

‘How the Russian networks worked to boost the far right in Italy’, El País, March 1, 2018

Interviews

  • Petró Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, June 5 2018

  • Manfred Weber, Leader of the People's Party in the European Parliament, April 16, 2018

  • Thomas Shannon, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, United States Department of State, January 12, 2018

  • Adel Al Jubier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, November 18, 2017

  • Saif Ahmed Al Thani, Director of Qatar’s Government Office, November 7, 2017

  • Yanis Varoufakis, Minister of Finance of Greece, September 20, 2017

  • Yair Lapid, Minister of Finance of Israel, July 30, 2017

  • Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv, May 9, 2017

  • Bashar al Asad, President of Syria, February 20, 2016

  • Shimon Peres, President of Israel, June 17, 2013

  • Anna Wintour, Editor of Vogue, October 21, 2015

Conferences

  • European Parliament, Brussels, June 28, 2018: “Countering Online Disinformation in Europe, Next Steps”

  • Leading European Newspaper Alliance, Madrid, Spain, May 8 2018: “How to Combat Fake News in Europe”

  • Stratcom Summit, European Values Think Tank, Prague, May 4 2018: “Disinformation in Catalonia”

  • World Economic Forum on Latin America, Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 13 and 14 2018: “The Politics of Misinformation”, “The Tide is Turning: International Trade in 2018”

  • European Parliament, Brussels, April 13 2018: “Russia's Trojan Horses in the EU: Populism, Cash and Fake News”

  • Fake News Inquiry, House of Commons, UK Parliament, Westminster, United Kingdom, December 19 2017

Referrals

  • Committee of Foreign Relations, Minority Staff Report, US Senate, January 10 2018: “Putin’s Asymmetric Assault on Democracy in Russia and Europe: Implications for US National Security”

  • House of Commons, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, United Kingdom, July 24, 2018: “Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Interim Report Fifth Report of Session 2017–19”

  • NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Science and Technology Committee, Brussels, Belgium, March 16, 2018: “Russian Meddling in Elections and Referenda in the Alliance”

 

 

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