Lourdes Garcia-Navarro

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is an NPR international correspondent covering South America for NPR. She is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Previously, she served a NPR's correspondent based in Israel, reporting on stories happening throughout the Middle East. She was one of the first reporters to enter Libya after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising began and spent months painting a deep and vivid portrait of a country at war. Often at great personal risk, Garcia-Navarro captured history in the making with stunning insight, courage and humanity.

For her work covering the Arab Spring, Garcia-Navarro was awarded a 2011 George Foster Peabody Award, a Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club, and an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Alliance for Women and the Media's Gracie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement.

Before her assignment to Jerusalem began in 2009, Garcia-Navarro served for more than a year as NPR News' Baghdad Bureau Chief and before that three years as NPR's foreign correspondent in Mexico City, reporting from that region as well as on special assignments abroad.

Garcia-Navarro got her start in journalism as a freelancer with the BBC World Service and Voice of America, reporting from Cuba, Syria, Panama and Europe. She later became a producer for Associated Press Television News before transitioning to AP Radio. While there, Garcia-Navarro covered post-Sept. 11 events in Afghanistan and developments in Jerusalem. In 2002, she began a two-year reporting stint based in Iraq.

In addition to the Murrow award, Garcia-Navarro was honored with the 2006 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for a two-part series "Migrants' Job Search Empties Mexican Community." She contributed to NPR News reporting on Iraq, which was recognized with a 2005 Peabody Award and a 2007 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton.

Garcia-Navarro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from Georgetown University and an Master of Arts degree in journalism from City University in London. Lourdes is married to Times of London journalist James Hider. They have a daughter and they sometimes travel together for work and always for play.

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5:07 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

Protesters Take To The Streets In Brazil, In A Nationwide Call For Change

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 3:17 pm

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Thousands of people took to the streets in Brazil today in a nationwide protest against the government.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTEST)

UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTERS: (Chanting in Portuguese).

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Code Switch
5:38 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

Dark-Skinned Or Black? How Afro-Brazilians Are Forging A Collective Identity

Sisters Francine and Fernanda Gravina have German, Italian, African and indigenous ancestry.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 2:34 pm

If you want to get a sense of how complex racial identity is in Brazil, you should meet sisters Francine and Fernanda Gravina. Both have the same mother and father. Francine, 28, is blond with green eyes and white skin. She wouldn't look out of place in Iceland. But Fernanda, 23, has milk chocolate skin with coffee colored eyes and hair. Francine describes herself as white, whereas Fernanda says she's morena, or brown-skinned.

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Parallels
4:39 am
Wed August 12, 2015

Brazil's Mediums Channel Dead Artists. Is It Worship Or Just Delusion?

Valdelice Da Silva Dias Salum, 77, says she channels the spirits of famous painters to create her artwork.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 4:53 pm

Unlike most art exhibitions, this one starts with a prayer.

A heavyset 77-year-old woman with girlishly pinned blond hair stands behind a table. An array of colored chalk and oil paints fan out in front of her. She puts her head in her hands and concentrates.

Her demeanor changes.

Then, to the sound of eerie music, she begins to draw. Her hands are nimble and decisive, and very quickly, something begins to take shape: a face with a bright green 19th century hat.

After 18 minutes and change — they timed it — she is finished. She signs the work, "Renoir."

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Sports
4:25 pm
Thu August 6, 2015

Will Brazil Be Ready For Summer Olympics? The Athletes Weigh In

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 5:51 pm

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The Salt
5:00 am
Thu August 6, 2015

Brazilians Cybershame Gilberto Gil's Daughter For Healthful Lunchbox

Bela Gil is a nutritionist, a chef with several cookbooks to her name and host of her own TV show.
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Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 1:50 pm

Brazil is the largest country in Latin America, and it's expanding, if you look at waistlines. Almost half the country is now considered overweight. Compare that to 30 years ago when the rate was half that.

It's a common problem in the developing world, where rising prosperity often means greater access to processed food.

One woman in Brazil is trying to change the direction the country is going. But it hasn't been easy.

Bela Gil is the daughter of one of Brazil's most famous singers, Gilberto Gil. She's quick to say she has zero musical talent.

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Economy
4:21 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

As Brazil's Economy Goes In Reverse, Illusion Of Prosperity Fades With It

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 7:24 pm

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Sports
7:20 am
Mon July 20, 2015

For The Rubik's Cube World Champ, 6 Seconds Is Plenty Of Time

The Rubik's Cube world championships were held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over the weekend, drawing participants from more than 40 countries. The winner completed his cube in 5.69 seconds.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 4:14 pm

Brazil hosted the World Cup last year. Next year, it will host the Summer Olympics. On Sunday, though, the country played host to another international gathering of talented competitors: the Rubik's Cube World Championship.

This past weekend, hundreds of "speedcubers," as they're known, descended on Sao Paulo from over 40 countries, to take part in three days of intensive competition.

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The Two-Way
1:43 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

#NPRreads: Climate Scientists In The Crosshairs And China's Economy

A man walks on Glacier Chacaltaya in the Andes mountains in Bolivia on Oct. 24, 2009. Glacier Chacaltaya was famous for being the world's highest ski run but since the mid-'90s has not had enough snow for skiing.
Juan Karita AP

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 3:52 pm

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you four reads.

From Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, an NPR international correspondent who covers South America:

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Latin America
5:39 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Lead Prosecutor Brings Gandhi-Like Attitude To Brazil's Corruption Scandal

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 11:11 pm

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Latin America
4:36 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Brazilian President Makes First U.S. Visit Since NSA Spying Scandal

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:29 am

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Latin America
6:19 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Cybercrime Runs Rampant In Brazil With More Elaborate, Far-Reaching Schemes

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 7:46 pm

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Parallels
4:44 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Brazil's Cybercrime Free-For-All: Many Scams And Little Punishment

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 1:06 pm

Brazil can boast many superlatives: the biggest country in South America, which is home to the the world's biggest rain forest, which is home to the world's biggest snake.

And now Brazil can claim to be a world leader in Internet fraud. It may not seem intuitive to associate Brazil with cybercrime, but the country was an early adapter of online banking and that helped create opportunities for online theft.

Most schemes have targeted other Brazilians but now they hit farther afield in places like the United States.

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Parallels
11:02 am
Sun June 14, 2015

Brazilians Take A Swing At Mosquitoes With The Zap Racket

Pots with genetically modified male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are pictured before they are released in Piracicaba, Brazil in April.
Paulo Whitaker Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 3:03 pm

It's summer right now and I'm sure you've noticed them: small, insidious buzzing — mosquitoes. In Brazil, they are potentially deadly. It's the place where the mosquito-born virus dengue fever is most prevalent.

Enter the Zapping Racket. As the name implies, it is an electrified tennis racket that kills mosquitoes.

I know, right? Genius.

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Latin America
5:06 am
Fri June 5, 2015

FIFA's Soccer 'Embassy' In Paraguay, Complete With Legal Immunity

The headquarters of the South American Football Confederation, or CONMEBOL, in Luque, Paraguay. The confederation has the status of an embassy, which includes legal immunity in Paraguay. Two former heads of CONMEBOL have been indicted in the FIFA scandal, accused of taking bribes and money laundering.
Norberto Duarte AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 6:14 pm

Experiencing a five-star hotel can sometimes feel like you've been transported to another country. Take the CONMEBOL Bourbon Hotel in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Acoustic music plays while the sun sparkles on the rooftop pool. The view from the top looks down onto the manicured grounds of CONMEBOL, the headquarters of the South American Soccer Federation, where a helicopter pad has pride of place. You could almost ignore the unpaved roads nearby in this, one of South America's poorest countries.

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Sports
5:21 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Indictment Against FIFA Raises Questions About Nike's History In Brazil

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:20 pm

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Sports
5:31 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Soccer Fans In Latin America React To FIFA Corruption Charges

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:11 pm

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Parallels
8:32 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Expats Find Brazil's Reputation For Race-Blindness Is Undone By Reality

American Ky Adderley (center) with his wife, Shanna Farrar Adderley, and their daughter, Gisela Sky, live in Brazil. He says being an educated black man feels like a subversive act in Brazil. "All the blacks that I see are in service jobs, and the darker you are, the less you are seen," he says. "Your job is maybe back in the kitchen and not out waiting a table."
Courtesy of Ky Adderly

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:48 am

There is a joke among Brazilians that a Brazilian passport is the most coveted on the black market because no matter what your background — Asian, African or European — you can fit in here. But the reality is very different.

I'm sitting in café with two women who don't want their names used because of the sensitivity of the topic. One is from the Caribbean; her husband is an expat executive.

"I was expecting to be the average-looking Brazilian; Brazil as you see on the media is not what I experienced when I arrived," she tells me.

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The Salt
8:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Assault On Salt: Uruguay Bans Shakers In Restaurants And Schools

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 2:51 pm

A typical Uruguayan asado, or barbecue, is made up of vast racks of prime cuts of beef, pork or chicken roasted on a grill next to — not on top of — a wood burning fire.

At parilla restaurants across the capitol Montevideo, the asados are pretty epic; the fatty cuts sizzle and then get slapped onto your plate, oozing with juice.

But if you want to grab a salt shaker and add a bit of extra salt to your meal these days in the Uruguayan capital, you can't.

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Parallels
9:00 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Brazil's World Cup Legacy Includes $550M Stadium-Turned-Parking Lot

Brazil spent billions renovating and building World Cup stadiums. Almost a year after the tournament ended, the nation is still trying to figure out what to do with them. The Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil (shown here in April 2014), was the most expensive of the stadiums — at a cost of $550 million — and is now being used as a bus parking lot.
Eraldo Peres AP

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 10:20 am

It has been almost a year since the World Cup in Brazil. The party is long over, but the country is still dealing with the hangover — in the form of "white elephant" stadiums and unfinished infrastructure projects. They come at a time when the country faces economic woes and the prospect of another expensive mega event: next year's summer Olympics.

The most expensive World Cup stadium — located in the capital, Brasilia, and with a price tag of $550 million — is being used as a parking lot for buses.

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Parallels
4:38 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Once Philip Morris Workers, Now They Clamp Down On Uruguay's Smokers

Daniel Gomez (from left), Lister Sena and Ricardo Alvarez were laid off after working for years with Philip Morris in Uruguay. They are now inspectors enforcing the country's tough anti-smoking laws.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 8:22 am

The tiny nation of Uruguay is fighting a big opponent – the tobacco giant Philip Morris. Their legal battle is over tough anti-smoking legislation enacted in Uruguay which Philip Morris is trying to overturn.

But Uruguay has found some unlikely allies – a group of former Philip Morris workers.

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