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Cynthia Gorney is a UC Berkeley journalism professor whose works have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and National Geographic.
Guillermoprieto was born and grew up in Mexico City. In her teens, she moved to New York City with her mother where she studied modern dance for several years. From 1962 until 1973, she was a professional dancer.
Her first book, Samba (1990), was an account of a season studying at a samba school in Rio de Janeiro.
In the mid-1970s, she started her career as a journalist for The Guardian, moving later to the Washington Post. In January, 1982, Guillermoprieto, then based in Mexico City, was one of two journalists (the other was Raymond Bonner of The New York Times) who broke the story of the El Mozote massacre in which some 900 villagers at El Mozote, El Salvador, were slaughtered by the Salvadoran army in December, 1981. With great hardship and at great personal risk, she was smuggled by FMLN rebels to visit the site approximately a month after the massacre took place. When the story broke simultaneously in the Post and Times on January 27, 1982, it was dismissed as propaganda by the Reagan administration. Subsequently, however, the details of the massacre as first reported by Guillermoprieto and Bonner were verified, with widespread repercussions.
During much of the subsequent decade, Guillermoprieto was a South America bureau chief for Newsweek.
Guillermoprieto won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1985 to research and write about changes in rural life under the policies of the European Economic Community.
During the 1990s, she came into her own as a freelance writer, producing long, extensively researched articles on Latin American culture and politics for The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books, including outstanding pieces on the Colombian civil war, the Shining Path during the Internal conflict in Peru, the aftermath of the "Dirty War" in Argentina, and post-Sandinista Nicaragua. These were bundled in the book The Heart That Bleeds (1994), now considered a classic portrait of the politics and culture of Latin America during the "lost decade" (it was published in Spanish as Al pie de un volcán te escribo - Crónicas latinoamericanas in 1995).
In April 1995, at the request of Gabriel García Márquez, Guillermoprieto taught the inaugural workshop at the Fundación para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, an institute for promoting journalism that was established by García Márquez in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. She has since held seven workshops for young journalists throughout the continent.
That same year, Guillermoprieto also received a MacArthur Fellowship.
A second anthology of articles, Looking for History, was published in 2001, which won a George Polk Award. She also published a collection of articles in Spanish on the Mexican crisis, El año en que no fuimos felices.
In 2004, Guillermoprieto published a memoir, Dancing with Cuba, which revolved on the year she spent living in Cuba in her early twenties. An excerpt of it was published in 2003 in The New Yorker. In the fall of 2008, she joined the faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago, as a Tinker Visiting Professor.
David Quammen: Science, nature and travel writer whose works have appeared in National Geographic, Outside, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Works include The Song of the Dodo: Island Biography in an age Extinctions, and Wild Thought From Wild Places.
Beginning in January 2013, Paul Salopek took the first of 30 million footsteps for the Out of Eden Walk, an epic trek following the pathways of our ancestors. Pacing across three continents, he will tell stories-via online and long-form literary journalism-of humanity's ever unfolding journey. People can follow Salopek's trek through dispatches he will write for National Geographic and by visiting the project's website.
From the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia, Salopek will walk through the Middle East, over the Asian steppes to China, and on to the tundra of Siberia. Following a ship passage across the Bering Strait to Alaska, he will continue down the length of the New World to Tierra del Fuego-the last corner of the world where our forebears ran out of horizon roughly 11,000 years ago. The Out of Eden Walk, a unique storytelling journey, spans 2,500 generations and crosses 21,000 miles of our planet's surface. It will occupy seven years of Salopek's life.
As a foreign correspondent, Salopek has worked in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Latin America. His stories have appeared in National Geographic, the Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The American Scholar, Conservation Magazine, The Best American Travel Writing, and many other publications. His work has won most of the national print journalism awards in the United States, including two Pulitzer Prizes; the George Polk Award; the National Press Club Award; the Overseas Press Club Award; the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage in Journalism; a Princeton Ferris-McGraw Fellowship; a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard; and other honors. In addition, he has appeared as a commentator on the PBS NewsHour, NPR's Fresh Air, and other national news programs.
Salopek has spent most of his career in print journalism, often undertaking long, solo, muscle-powered journeys through the stories he covers. He canoed for weeks down the Congo River to report on the Congo civil war for the Chicago Tribune. He has clerked at a Chicago gas station for a story on global oil. And he once rode a mule for a year through Mexico's Sierra Madre to write a personal meditation about the place and people.
Salopek was born in California and raised in central Mexico. He holds a B.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is married to visual artist Linda Lynch.