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Carlos Eduardo Huertas
Carlos Eduardo Huertas is the Director of CONNECTAS and also the Chief of Party of the Investigative Reporting Initiative in the Americas, a project in alliance with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). CONNECTAS is his last entrepreneurship that began in 2012 as regional journalistic platform in Latam that exposes the abuse of power, promotes the interchange of information and the knowledge about key issues in the Americas. It was started during Huertas period as a Nieman Fellow 2012 at Harvard University with the support of the Knight Foundation.
For more than a decade and until July 2013, Huertas worked with Semana Magazine, one of the publications top leaders in Latin America and he was its Investigation Editor. He began his journalistic career as a correspondent for the Press and Society Institute (IPYS) in monitoring Press Freedom and Expression in his country. In 2006 he founded Consejo de Redacción (CdR), a professional association in Colombia that promotes investigative journalism. He has been honored as an honorary member of CdR; as well as the Forum of Journalists of Argentina (FOPEA), and as Master Guest of Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation for New Latin American Journalism (FNPI). He has been elected twice as a member of the Board of Directors of Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and on the Board of Colombia’s Foundation for Freedom of the Press (FLIP). Also serve as part of the leadership of the Global Network of OSC, Innovation For Chance (I4C).
He has been a member since 2011 of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) and participated with them in several investigations including Panama Paper who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017. His reports on corruption, human rights violations, and environmental issues have earned him several national and international awards. He was part of the winning teams of the Inter American Press Association Award (2015), the King of Spain Award (2008), and the IPYS – Tilac Award for the best investigative report in Latin America (2007, 2009). Also under CONNECTAS as a leader of its Editorial Board, and with its vibrant and active community has participated in numerous investigations that has deserved of various recognitions in a dozen countries.