Monica Villamizar is a rarity in this business. She’s beautiful, fearless and has a definitive ability to make sense out of complicated and intricately detailed stories. And when she came to our attention, it was refreshing to see a journalist of this caliber so enthusiastic about the stories she was covering and what she thought needed to be told. She is, what I like to refer to as, a true “war correspondent” – unafraid to thrust herself into the thick of things to tell the story. While most journalists these days take critical care of exposing themselves to dangerous situations and elements, Monica gets in the action delivering an unfiltered honest account of the situation as is possible. She is a first rate international correspondent.
Formerly, she was a correspondent for the Al Jazeera Network’s English Edition based in Washington, DC, and for CBS Newspath in London. She is currently a freelance journalist for ABC News in London and Al Jazeera English. She was born in Austin, TX, but has lived all over the globe including: Colombia, Japan and France. She has covered a myriad of stories. As you’ll see from her work she’s done stories on the expanding drug cartels in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. In 2008 she covered the presidential elections all the way through the inauguration. She was in Haiti days after the earthquake and stayed through the expanding humanitarian crisis. When the Chilean mine collapse occurred she was the only reporter who managed to send a small video camera to the miners and gain exclusive footage before their rescue. And, she’s interviewed some of the most notable figures of our time including, the Dalai Lama, Condoleezza Rice, Evo Morales and ousted President Manual Zelaya among others.