St. Petersburg Times Latin America Correspondent
David Adams joined the Times in the summer of 1994 as Latin America correspondent. Based in Miami, he travels widely throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. After more than 20 years working in Latin America, there are few active correspondents who have greater experience covering the region. He covered the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989 and the rise of fall of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti. He has covered Cuba for more than 20 years. He also covers alternative energy issues for the Times and for “The Fueling Station,” a Times blog. David was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He has an honors degree in modern history from the University of Oxford and a post-graduate degree in journalism from the City University of London. Before joining the Times, he was a freelance writer in Latin America. David was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2002.
Mexico Bureau Chief, Houston Chronicle
Althaus began his journalism career 25 years ago covering the Mexican border city of Matamoros for the newspaper in Brownsville, Texas, at about the same time that violence related to the cocaine trade began spiking on the border. He has covered Mexico and Latin America from his base in Mexico City for nearly 21 years, the last 18 of them as bureau chief for the Houston Chronicle. He is a past Cabot Medalist.
Carmen Aristegui Flores
News Anchor, CNN en Español, and Columnist, Reforma, Mexico City
Aristegui is the anchor of “Aristegui,” CNN en Español’s talk show featuring in-depth conversations with Mexican leaders from an array of fields including politics, government, business, literature and entertainment; she also writes a political column for the Mexican newspaper Reforma. Aristegui has more than fifteen years of experience as an anchor, commentator and reporter on some of Mexico’s leading radio and television programs. In radio, she has been associated with top-ranked shows, including MVS’s “Para Empezar,” W Radio’s “Hoy por Hoy” and Grupo Imagen’s “Imagen Informativa.” Aristegui is widely recognized as an expert on Mexican national politics. She is a regular speaker at academic forums and political debates. She is a 2008 Cabot Medalist.
Editor, El Mañana, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
Cantú studied journalism at the Valle del Bravo University, Nuevo Laredo campus. He has participated in different courses and seminars, like the Innovation seminar for Latin American Media, at Mexico City. On January, 2006, the newspaper El Mañana de Nuevo Laredo, where he is executive director, co-hosted a seminar “Drug-trafficking and News Coverage”, organized by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA). In June, 2006 he was a panelist at a roundtable conference organized by IAPA on Journalism and Coverage of Organized Crime. He has been editorial director and CEO of Editora Argos, a company that publishes the independent newspapers El Mañana and La Tarde (Nuevo Laredo).
Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Professor of History and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
Coatsworth is the author or editor of seven books and many scholarly articles on Latin American economic and international history. He is a Mexico specialist. He is a former president of the American Historical Association and was recently elected to the presidency of the Latin American Studies Association. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. He came to Columbia from Harvard in 2006 and became Dean of SIPA in 2007.