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Frederick Bernas

Correspondent, filmmaker and photographer currently based in South America – via NYC, Moscow and London.

Media outlets I've worked for include: AP, BBC, CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, The Guardian, Monocle, Global Post, VICE, openDemocracy, The Wire, Russia Now (Daily Telegraph, Washington Post), CBS, France 24, RT, TVNZ, RTE.


NYT: OMAR OBACA, ARGENTINA’S CREATED CANDIDATE — A black candidate invented by marketing gurus to satirize Argentine politics has become an online sensation, but also been accused of reviving offensive stereotypes about the marginalized Afro-descendent community.


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BBC: PIMPING OUT BRAZIL’S INVISIBLE RECYCLING FORCE — Artist Thiago Mundano strives to give a voice to a quiet army of 20,000 “catadores” who recycle trash from the streets to keep São Paolo clean.


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NYT: THE SLUM PRIESTS OF BUENOS AIRES — Before he became Pope Francis, Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio sent many priests to work and live in the slums – or “villas” – of Buenos Aires. As the Pope makes his first U.S. visit, this piece profiles two men who are following his footsteps.


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