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Michael Reid

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Americas Editor, The Economist (1999-present)

The Economist’s Brazil correspondent and South America Bureau Chief (1996-99)

Highly acclaimed author on Latin America and Brazil

Michael Reid has been The Economist’s Americas Editor since 1999, responsible for coordinating the paper’s coverage of Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.

Prior to this position he served as The Economist’s Brazil correspondent and South America bureau chief based in Sao Paolo (1996-99), and as its Consumer Industries and Marketing correspondent (1994-96).

One of the UK’s most authoritative commentators on the Americas, over the years Michael has written a number of acclaimed Economist Special Reports, including on Cuba (2012), Latin America at 200 (2010), Spain (2008), Mexico (2006), Argentina (2004), Colombia (2001), Brazil (1999), Latin American Business (1997) and Mercosur (1996).

Michael’s book, “Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America’s Soul” (Yale University Press, 2007), examined democracy and development on the continent and was chosen by the Washington Post as one of its books of the year. The New York Times called it “a brilliantly researched work of scholarship” and the renowned Mexican writer Jorge Volpi wrote that Barack Obama should give a copy to Hugo Chavez. Michael is currently writing a book on Brazil, to be published by Yale University Press in 2014.

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"Michael has made a name for himself as a leading commentator on the Americas. His analysis combines a deep understanding of the dynamics driving politics, economics and business in the region, and he has spoken widely on these issues, including to the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the UK House of Commons. He has also spoken extensively in front of business audiences, including Coca-Cola Latin America’s strategic planning meeting and the annual conference of the American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America."

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