Articles by Karla Mendes

Karla Mendes is an award-winning Brazilian journalist working as a Rio de Janeiro-based Investigative and Feature Reporter for Mongabay and a fellow of the Pulitzer Center's Rainforest Investigations Network. She was elected to the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) for the 2023-2026 term. Karla is the first Brazilian ever elected to the SEJ board; her election also marks the first time that Latin America has a seat on the SEJ board. She was also nominated SEJ's Second Vice President and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair. Karla has been working as a correspondent for international outlets since 2015 and she specialized in covering environmental, land and property rights issues since 2017. She worked as a land and property rights correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation between August 2017 and December 2018. Prior to that, Karla was a business reporter for over 10 years in Rio, Madrid, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte, including with newspapers O Globo, O Estado de S. Paulo, Expansión and news agency S&P Global Market Intelligence. Karla has a Master in Investigative and Data Journalism from the University of King’s College, Canada, and an MBA in finance from São Paulo’s Fundação Instituto de Administração (FIA). She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Image by Fábio Nascimento.