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Irene Caselli

I am an experienced multimedia reporter and writer now focusing on sexuality, women’s rights and early childhood.
Earlier in my career I spent a decade as a foreign correspondent in Latin America. I worked for the BBC in Venezuela when Hugo Chávez died, and my work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, The Guardian and El País.
In 2019 I was hired as the “First 1,000 Days” correspondent for The Correspondent, a transnational, member-funded platform. I was one of just five staff writers chosen among 2,000 applicants. When The Correspondent shut down in December 2020, I launched my newsletter, The First 1,000 Days.
I published a chapter in Unbias the News, a book that focuses on how to have more diversity in newsrooms. I also co-produced a half-hour documentary on women’s football and gender inequality, and one of my team’s short films on the same subject received a prize for collaborative journalism.
I have been awarded fellowships by the IWMF, the European Journalism Centre, and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. I moderate panels at festivals, regularly teach journalism and mentor up-and-coming journalists. I speak six languages, and am now learning Greek. In my free time, I write stories for children that I like to test out with my son Lorenzo.

 

Nadia Nadim fled Afghanistan with her mother and four sisters after the Taliban killed her father. Their journey took them to Denmark, whom Nadia now represents at international level. This is the second episode in the three-part series "A Woman's Game". Each episode features women from different parts of the world who dedicated their lives to football, a sport dominated by men. This short won me and my team the Hostwriter Prize 2018 for collaborative journalism.


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In Argentina, some women are taking advantage of their late years to fulfill a dream many had as little girls: becoming a dancer. They are called Ballet 40/90 – and the name is a good hint. The younger are over 50, the oldest is 86. The group has had a show on in Buenos Aires every year for almost two decades. I went to see them and prepared this report for BBC Radio Five Live.


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In 2012, while working in Ecuador, I broke the story that the Ecuadorean government was to give Julian Assange asylum. That story appeared in The Guardian and it had repercussions worldwide. This is an interview I did for Al Jazeera in the aftermath of the story.


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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez died of cancer on March 5, 2013. I was the BBC's correspondent in Caracas and this was my first report focusing on the reaction of people in the street.


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After his historic visit to Cuba in March 2016, President Barack Obama moved on to Argentina, where he met President Mauricio Macri - the first bilateral visit by a US president in 19 years. What was initially meant as a trip focusing on economics and trade became controversial because of its timing. It coincided with the 40th anniversary of a coup that installed a bloody military rule. This was my report from Buenos Aires for BBC World.


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The final verdict in the historic human rights trial of Operation Condor took place in Argentina in May 2016. Operation Condor was a campaign of state-sponsored terror organised by South American dictatorships in the 1970s, designed to hunt down political opponents across the continent. This was my report for BBC World.


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