Venezuela bureau chief, Bloomberg News
Laya presented during the lightning sessions, “Online journalism and press freedom in Asia and Latin America” at ISOJ 2022. Watch her presentation here.
Patricia Laya is the Venezuela bureau chief for Bloomberg News and a 2022 Harvard Nieman Fellow. Based in Caracas, she directs local coverage and reports on the country’s economic upheaval. She has broken dozens of stories on Venezuela’s clandestine gold sales and illicit money moves and regularly writes features on topics including the military’s growing power and her country’s hunger epidemic. She has reported from five bureaus, including Mexico City, Washington D.C. and Madrid. Since the fall of 2021, Laya has been attending Harvard University, where she is studying Venezuela’s economic, sociopolitical and health crisis.