Monica Villamizar is a freelance conflict and investigative reporter. Graduating both with a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and a Philosophy degree from The American University of Paris, Monica then went on to work at the UNESCO before beginning her professional career in journalism.
Born in Austin, Texas, Monica’s father, Rodrigo Villamizar, was an expert in the oil & energy industry which spurned her deep curiosity for investigative journalism & environmental issues. Her interest soon grew to include conflict zones because of the growing war on drugs in her homeland of Colombia.
Since, Monica has taken her expertise and endless curiosity worldwide in order uncover the truth about pressing geo-political issues, cultures, the environment and people. Monica has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Mali, Mexico, El Salvador and Haiti, at times even embedding with special operations forces and filming directly on the front lines.
Her staff clients include ABC News London and CBS News London with extensive freelance reporting for Vice News, Al Jazeera English, Univision, Telemundo and The Weather Channel. Her print work is featured in The Washington Post and Spain’s El Pais Newspaper and Monica has personally interviewed The Dalai Lama, Condoleezza Rice, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton and the Presidents of Guatemala, Bolivia, Colombia and Uruguay.
Monica Villamizar’s areas of expertise, however, extend far beyond staff desks and conflict zones; she is heavily focused on international environmental, cultural, social and political issues which shape our world today. Her reporting focuses on global warming, sea level rise, mining, pollution, oil, energy, child labor, human rights and includes stories on females in the Middle East and Latin America. She’s filmed in some of the most beautiful places in the world including Angel Falls, The Sahara Dessert, The Egyptian pyramids, Alaska and the Hindukush mountains. When the Chilean mine collapse occurred, Villamizar was the only reporter who managed to send a small video camera to the miners and gain exclusive footage before their rescue.
In terms of world news, Monica covered the 2008 presidential elections through the inauguration; she was in Haiti days after the earthquake and covered the Fukushima nuclear disaster in addition to the London Olympics and the Germany World Cup.
In her attempts to tell truthful, hard-hitting stories, Monica has been targeted by the Egyptian military and more recently by the Venezuelan Government who revoked her credentials and threatened her with arrest. In the case of her instance in Venezuela, the editorial board of the New York Times backed Monica as a reporter, denouncing the Maduro Government.
For Broadcast Inquiries and Speaking Engagements, Contact her Agent:
Gregg A. Willinger, President
WILLINGER TALENT AGENCY, INC.
875 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1601
New York, New York 10001