Monica Villamizar is a freelance conflict reporter, recently awarded the EMMY Award for Best Investigative Documentary in Spanish and the Gerald Loeb Award for the investigation “The Source”, about child labor in Mexico’s Nestle coffee farms. On 2016 she was nominated for the prestigious One World Media “Journalist of the Year 2015” Award, which honors the best journalists in the world in all forms of media.
Her current clients include PBS Newshour, Al Jazeera English, Vice News, Univision, Telemundo and The Weather Channel. Previously she was the London correspondent for CBS News affiliates.
Monica has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Mali, Mexico, El Salvador and Haiti, at times filming directly on the front lines. She has covered the drug of wars in Colombia and Mexico, gaining exclusive access to cocaine cartels in Medellin and Michoacan. In the Middle East she covered the Arab spring and the advance of ISIS into the Iraqi Kurdistan. More recently Monica has been dedicated to covering the advance of jihadism in West Africa.
In her attempts to tell truthful, hard-hitting stories, Monica has been targeted by the Egyptian military which raided her office in Cairo and arrested her colleagues, and more recently by the Venezuelan Government who targeted her, labeling her a spy, and issuing an arrest warrant for her. 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. This ignited her interest and active involvement in “Freedom of the Press” campaigns. Monica has been a board member of the Frontline Freelance Register, associated with London’s Frontline Club, which protects and promotes the integrity of Freelance conflict reporters all over the world.
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.
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.
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; the Haiti earthquake, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the BP oil spill, Maria and Harvey hurricanes, the Spanish drought, the Chapecoense soccer team plane crash and the London Olympics.
Monica has personally interviewed The Dalai Lama, Condoleezza Rice, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton and the Presidents of Guatemala, Bolivia, Colombia and Uruguay. She has also interviewed Nicolas Sierra, leader of Viagras Mexican Cartel, while he was in hiding, Bilal Ag Acherif leader of Malian separatist movement MNLA and Farc guerrilla female commander Yuheni Izquierdo.
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