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Karla Rivas Bio

Karla Rivas (R) speaking through an interpretor listed the names of the 16 reporters murdered in Honduras over the last two years. © DoLinh Studio

Karla Rivas (R) speaking through an interpretor listed the names of the 16 reporters murdered in Honduras over the last two years. © DoLinh Studio

Karla Rivas, 34, is a journalist, editor, producer and anchor for Radio Progreso, one of the few independent radio stations in Honduras.

She currently produces and anchors the weekly analysis show “Straight to the Point.” She also sits on the editorial board of the Jesuit-run radio station based in the northern town of El Progreso.

Over the last two years, Ms. Rivas has also been working for the Honduran Reflection, Investigation and Communication Team, or ERIC, a human rights group and part of the Company of Jesus in Honduras.

From 2002 to 2009, Ms. Rivas was the producer and co-anchor of the daily show “News Zone” with her colleague Jose Peraza.

In the aftermath of the 2009 military coup in Honduras, soldiers raided Radio Progreso to prevent it broadcasting information about the coup. The radio was forced off the air just a few hours. Rivas became a vocal opponent of the military’s tactics and continues to defend Radio Progreso’s right to broadcast uncensored information.

Rivas and her team work with correspondents, all well-known community leaders, who use Radio Progreso to bring unbiased news to their listeners.

In November 2009, Rivas was invited to the Radio and Television Forum in El Salvador to talk about “The Jesuits’ Radio Mission of Central America.” In November 2010, she appeared at the Media and Politics Conference organized by  CIESPAL in Quito, Ecuador.

Rivas studied Journalism at the National University of Honduras in Valle de Sula, where she earned her degree in 2008. She has also taken part in various trainings and has received regional and national certifications.

Karla Rivas receives the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism on behalf of her entire team at Radio Progreso.

In its 2011 Freedom of the Press Index, Freedom House downgraded Honduras to “partly free.”