A founder of the first independent newspaper in Guatemala, elPeriodico, Sylvia Gereda created a special weekly magazine insert called Switch.
Edited by teenagers, Switch features cover stories on young community leaders and a forum to express views, and now has more than 125 published issues.
Sylvia Gereda is the Director and Vice President of El Periodico a prominent Guatemalan newspaper and the Guatemalan.
She is also the head of the Investigative Journalism Team at this newspaper, the only one of its kind in Guatemala, and writes twice a week an opinion column in the editorial section of El Periodico.
In 2004, she was recognized as an honorable citizen by Guatemalan President Oscar Berger and was called to partake in the National Council Against Corruption and to implement laws in favor of Transparency.
In 2006, she was appointed as Regional Vice President of the Free Press Commission under the Inter-American Press Society (SIP for its initials in Spanish), and presently occupies this post. She is a representative for Journalists Without Frontiers, a France-based organization that aims to defend freedom of the press throughout the world Both are positions she has held since 1996.
From 1993-1996 she was the Chief Editor of Politics at Diario Siglo Ventiuno (21st Century). Prior to that from 990-1992 she was Director of the woman's magazine Clip.
She has taken various seminars on freedom of the press and ethics in journalism. She holds a degree in literature from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and degree in technical journalism from Universidad Rafael Landivar.
She is also studying for a Ph.D in sociology at the University of Salamanca in Spain. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Director of the Centro Latinoamericano de Periodismo.