Mercedes GALLEGO

Vocento Media Group

Tel:  (212) 982-0684

Ms. Gallego has covered United Nations as the US Correspondent of El Correo and the 13 syndicated newspapers of Vocento for the last 15 years. Previously she covered Central America for four years. Throughout her career she has reported on the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, the guerrilla war in Guatemala, the Che Guevara’s funeral in Cuba, the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, the September 11 attacks in New York, hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the earthquake in Haiti. Her experience as an embedded journalist during the invasion of Iraq inspired her book Beyond the Battle. She has also coauthored the documentary Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within. She has received numerous awards and a Special Mention for the Miguel Gil Award for representing “the brave and committed spirit” of the photojournalist killed in Sierra Leone.

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