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The Critical Role of the Media During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 3, 2020



As citizens stay sheltered during the COVID-19 pandemic, news organizations have become the main sources of access to the outside world. With a torrent of information available and the growing threat of disinformation and populist leaders, news organizations have the responsibility to provide the most reliable news to keep viewers and readers informed.

Please join us in a virtual on-the-record conversation with journalists to discuss the critical role that media organizations have during the coronavirus crisis in Latin America.


  • Laura Bonilla, Correspondent, Agence France-Presse - AFP | @LauraBonillaCal
  • Nacha Cattan, Mexico Bureau Chief, Bloomberg | @Nncattan
  • Tim Padgett, Americas Editor, Miami NPR affiliate WLRN | @TimPadgett2
  • Tom Phillips, Latin America Correspondent, The Guardian | @Tomphillipsin
  • Cecilia Tornaghi, Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly | @Ctornaghi


The program will be live streamed and can be accessed on this website on

Friday, April 3 at 2 p.m.


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Laura Bonilla

Correspondent, Agence France-Presse - AFP

Laura Bonilla is a New York correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP), where she has been working for more than 20 years. Before becoming a New York correspondent, she was the news editor/deputy bureau chief of AFP in Brazil, where she reported and coordinated the multimedia coverage of the World Cup, Olympic Games, the massive protests against corruption and the sports events, the brutal decline of the economy and its impact on Brazilians, the birth of the Lava Jato investigation and Petrobras scandal, as well as the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff.

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Nacha Cattan

México Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News

Nacha Cattan is the Bloomberg News Bureau chief in Mexico City, where she leads a team of reporters and editors. Jointly, the team produces more news about business and the economy than any other international media outlet in Mexico. Before becoming Bureau Chief in November 2019, Cattan covered Mexico’s economy and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration. She was the first international journalist to interview AMLO during his last campaign, and the first one to feature him on the cover of a magazine (Businessweek).

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Tim Padgett

Americas Editor, Miami NPR affiliate WLRN

Tim Padgett is the Americas editor for Miami NPR affiliate WLRN, covering Latin America, the Caribbean and their key relationship with South Florida. He has reported on Latin America for almost 30 years - for Newsweek as its Mexico City bureau chief from 1990 to 1996, and for Time as its Latin America bureau chief in Mexico and Miami (where he also covered Florida and the U.S. Southeast) from 1996 to 2013.

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Tom Phillips

Latin America Correspondent, The Guardian

Tom Phillips is the Guardian's Latin America correspondent and is based in Mexico City. In almost 15 years as a foreign correspondent he has reported from around two dozen countries covering major stories including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the rise of Chinese strongman Xi Jinping, Hong Kong's 2014 'umbrella revolution', the crackdown on Muslim's in China's far west, typhoon Hainan in the Philippines and the elections of Jair Bolsonaro and Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Brazil and Mexico.

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Cecilia Tornaghi

Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly

Cecilia Tornaghi is the managing editor of Americas Quarterly. A Brazilian-American journalist, she has been covering Latin America for the last 20 years with a focus on policy, business and economics. She spent 13 years at Bloomberg, starting as a Nasdaq reporter, then as an anchor, news editor, deputy managing editor for Bloomberg Brasil TV and lastly as Latin America correspondent for Bloomberg TV interviewing heads of state, cabinet members, and C-suite executives from across the region.

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Video: The Critical Role of the Media During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 03, 2020

Journalists from AFP, Bloomberg, The Guardian, and NPR joined AS/COA in a conversation about fighting misinformation and covering the impact of the pandemic in the region....