Carolina Martínez Castillo
Journalist. News Anchor. International Correspondent.
Recipient of the 2015 National Press Foundation and Tobacco’s Global Impact Fellowship, to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Poynter Institute and The Media Project 2014 Fellow.
Well respected TV Journalist Carolina Martínez Castillo has extensively covered the Tri-Border Area between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and the links with international terrorism, for CNN World Report.
She worked alongside with renowned journalist Jorge Gestoso at CNN Center, in the production of the documentary film "The Double Disappeared", winner of the Silver Baton Award for excellence in investigative reporting, by the prestigious Alfred DuPont Commission at Columbia University.The film explored the phenomenon of the “missing people” in Latin America during the military dictatorships. Carolina Martínez Castillo was able to get and produce exclusive interviews to some of the military generals involved in "Operation Condor", whose signatures authorized the killing of thousands of people. These generals had never agreed to talk to the media before.
She has worked as TV Hostess and News Anchor for Telefuturo and Red Guarani in Paraguay. She was co-host of the political TV show "Foro Interamericano" on Voice of America (VOA) in Washington DC, to discuss world issues such as the war in Iraq or North Korea’s nuclear threats. Throughout her career, she has interviewed many important personalities from all different fields: political, cultural, science, music, entertainment, and international sports. In 2001, she actively participated in press conferences to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, former US President Jimmy Carter and former President of Colombia Andrés Pastrana, from CNN Headquarters in Atlanta.
In 2002 she was the General Coordinator and Producer of the National Campaign “Paraguay
Puede” (Paraguay can do it), sponsored by the United Nations.
In 2003 she was awarded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the International Center for Journalists, receiving a scholarship for a seminar on “Ethics in Journalism” in Washington DC.
In 2006 she worked as an adviser for CBS News and the "60 Minutes" show, on the topic of the “Tri-Border Area”.
Since 2008 she has been a correspondent for Colombia's RCN Television and its international network NTN24. She has extensively covered the Paraguayan guerrilla’s activities and its connections with Colombia’s FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). The criminal business of kidnapping wealthy people for a ransom, and how the drug trafficking business works in the South America.
In 2010 she interviewed President Federico Franco of Paraguay for NTN24. This interview had national and international repercussion for the strong statements made by the President, making headlines on newspapers for three consecutive days.
In 2009 she covered the Mercosur Presidential Summit in Asuncion for NTN24, where she interviewed Bolivian President, Evo Morales.
Since 2008 she has also been a correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network.
She was the Director and talk show host of "Sin Excusas" (No excuses). Director of News Content, Editor-in-Chief and News Anchor of Red Guarani’s Evening News, until December 2010. On the same year she was also the host of "A fondo” (In Depth), a special segment of the News broadcast, in which she interviewed the key protagonists of the news of the week.
Since 2002 she has been Master of Ceremonies (MC) on numerous occasions, to host both national and international events, including the launch of UNICEF’s campaign “Educate without violence” in 2011.
Since 2009 she has been Director/ Owner of “Tres Ángeles Producciones”, a company specialized in TV Production: documentary films, commercials, TV shows, special News reports and interviews.
In 2013, she was a panelist at “The Media Project” Conference on “Journalism and Religion” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Panel on “The Blindspot: when Journalists don’t get religion”.
In 2014, she was awarded by “The Media Project” and “Poynter Institute”. She was one of two journalists from Latin America to be chosen to do a one year fellowship on “Leadership and Coaching”, starting with a week of training at the prestigious Poynter Institute. As part of the fellowship, she’s currently mentoring and coaching journalists in South America.
In 2015 she was the only Latin American journalist to be recipient of the National Press Foundation and Tobacco’s Global Impact Fellowship, to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Born in Córdoba, Argentina, she majored in Social Communications at Catholic University of Asunción and the Faculty of Philosophy of National University of Paraguay. She took journalism courses and seminars in the U.S., Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina.