Experience

United States Correspondent, ABC Newspaper Washington, DC, 08/2018 — present

  • Political and diplomatic writer for the newspaper of record in Spain

  • Credentialed correspondent at The White House, the Department of State, the United States Congress and the Organization of American States

  • Analyst on politics, diplomacy, technology and the economy, with a special focus on Latin America and the Hispanic community in the United States

  • Interviewed OAS secretary general Luis Almagro, senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menéndez, congressman Joaquín Castro, and democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke

Managing Editor, El País, Madrid (Spain) 03/2014 — 07/2018

  • Managed the digital initiatives at one the world's leading newspapers, including search, social, apps and mobile in Spanish, Portuguese and English

  • Grew online readership by 40% to 100 million unique browsers by October 2017, placing El País at the top of the most read newspapers in Spanish in the world.

  • Led a newsroom of more than 50 writers, editors, photographers and videographers in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and America.

  • Created and staffed up teams of writers, editors, bloggers, designers and product managers, publishing at least 20 stories a day plus videos and interactive graphics.

  • Coordinated the transition of the El País website to its mobile-first design and supervised the implementation and monthly update of both the Android and iOS apps.

  • Launched a bulletin and podcast audio service for digital personal assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomePod.

  • Represented the newspaper in partnerships and joint initiatives with main distribution platforms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter.

  • Researched online media trends with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, the Global Editors Network and the International News Media Association.

  • Responsible for the operating budget of the central newsroom in Madrid and the foreign bureaus, including delegations in São Paulo (Brazil) and Mexico City (Mexico).

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

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

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

  • Coordinated the Leading European Newspaper Alliance, with regular contacts with counterparts at international newspapers such as La Repubblica, Le Soir, Le Figaro and Die Welt

Middle East Bureau Chief, El País, Israel, 12/2012 — 04/2014

  • Manager and senior correspondent responsible for daily news coverage of the Middle East. Coordinated and supervised a network of journalists in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt.

  • War zone envoy in Syria; covered the Egyptian coup in 2013 and the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon and Jordan.

  • Interviewed Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem and Syria's Bashar al Assad in Damascus.

United States Correspondent, El País, Washington, DC 01/2007-12/2012

  • Specialized in politics, the economy and technology. Credentialed correspondent at the Department of State, the Pentagon and the United States Congress.

  • Covered the launch of the major social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and adopted them in the newspaper as oficial channels for news distribution.

  • Embedded with the United States Army to Kabul to do research and write about the tenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan.

  • Visited the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to cover the legal proceedings against detainees accused of terrorism.

  • Member of the traveling press that covered the primary and presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

TV Analyst, Deutsche Welle (German Public TV), Washington, DC, 01/2011-present

  • On air contributor for the Spanish news service of Germany's public international broadcaster.

TV and Radio Analyst, RTVE (Spanish Public Radio And TV)-Madrid, Spain, 05/2014-06/2018

  • On-air commentator for the morning news shows in Spain's public broadcaster, both in its TV and radio channels.

  • International affairs analyst for Spain's main news cable channel, Canal 24 Horas.

Associate Editor, International Affairs Review, Washington, DC, 08/2006-08/2007

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

Anchor, Localia TV, Madrid, Spain, 01/2002-06/2006

  • Anchored and produced two daily newscasts for Madrid's highest rated local TV channel.

  • Delivered extensive live coverage of breaking news events and conducted live interviews of guests.

Intern, Cadena SER Radio, Madrid, Spain, 01/2001-01/2002

  • Local beat reporter for the weekend news bulletins at Spain's leading radio station

Communications Officer, Musicat, Valencia, Spain, 01/1997-01/2000

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

Education

Master of Arts: International Policy. The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Fulbright Scholarship for the Study of Journalism

Master of Arts: Journalism. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

Bachelor of Arts: Communications And Media Studies. Universitat De València, Valencia, Spain. Magna cum laude graduate

Awards

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

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)

Books and Articles

  • ‹Fake News, the New Weapon of Mass Destruction›, 2019, Editorial Deusto, Madrid, Spain

  • “The Current War on Journalism”, in ‹In Defense of Democracy›, 2019, Editorial Almuzara, Madrid, Spain, 182-188

  • “Russia's Political Meddling in the Catalan Referendum of 2017”, in ‹Disinformation in the Digital Era›, 2019, Editorial Comares, Madrid, Spain, 212-235

  • “Weaknesses Against Kremlin Disinformation”, Disinfo Portal, The Atlantic Council, Eurasia Center, June 19, 2019

  • “Countering disinformation and protecting journalists”, in European Issues 498, January 2019, Fondation Robert Schuman, Paris, France

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

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

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

Research on Disinformation

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

Conferences

  • “The role of digital technologies in disinformation, manipulation and propaganda”, Digital Disinformation Seminar, The Aspen Institute, Prague (Czech Republic), September 24-25, 2019

  • “Fake news and electoral campaigns”, European Ideas Network, The European Parliament, Brussels, March 6, 2019

  • “Reporting in the age of disinformation”, Disinfo Week Europe, The Atlantic Council, Madrid and Brussels, March 5-8, 2019

  • “Digital media ethics: Verification and election coverage”, Thomson Reuters Foundation, La Paz (Bolivia), February 25-26, 2019

  • “The fight for the truth: free and independent journalism in today's world”, EPP Group, The European Parliament, Brussels, October 10, 2018

  • “Countering online disinformation in Europe: Next steps”, European Parliamentary Research Service, The European Parliament, Brussels, June 28, 2018

  • “How to Manage a Cyber Crisis”, Atlantic Institute of Governance, Madrid, Spain, June 26, 2018

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

  • “How Disinformation Attacked Spain”, Stratcom Summit, European Values Think Tank, Prague, May 4, 2018

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

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

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

Interviews

  • Beto O'Rourke, presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, August 8, 2019

  • Elliott Abrams, United States Special Representative for Venezuela, July 21, 2019

  • Manuel Christopher Figuera, Venezuelan dissident and former head of intelligence services, July 12, 2019

  • Marco Rubio, United States Senator for Florida, June 30, 2019

  • Robert Menendez, United States Senator for New Jersey, June 21, 2019

  • Lenín Moreno, President of Ecuador, April 19, 2019

  • 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, January 12, 2018

  • Adel Al Jubier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, November 18, 207

  • 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

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

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

 
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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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