Sandra Romandía


Sandra Romandía is an investigative journalist based in Mexico City. She has specialized in investigating topics of drug trafficking, corruption, women's rights and human rights violations. She is co-author of the book "Narco CDMX" a best seller that demonstrated that large drug cartels exist in the capital of her country, contrary to the official version of the authorities. She also wrote with other colleagues the book "The 12 poorest Mexicans", in which she exposed how social programs do not reach the most vulnerable. She coordinated another investigation in which it was shown that the government did not want to analice a piece of land where there were bodies, despite the fact that it is a country with 60,000 missing people; the report won the National Journalism Award. She brought to light the story "Real Estate Cartel", in which it was discovered that in the earthquake that hit Mexico City in 2017 several affected houses were badly built and therefore fell down; these apartments, the investigation revealed, had actually been built and sold by public housing officials who were clandestinely real estate entrepreneurs at the same time. The officials were fired. She has led investigative teams in newspapers and television, and was editorial director of La Silla Rota, a digital media of independent journalism that won several awards for exposing cases of corruption by authorities, and was recognized as one of the digital spaces with the greatest growth in the last year. She founded, in that website, the microsite La Cadera de Eva (Eva's Hip), the first within a media outlet in her country dedicated exclusively to gender equality issues and women's stories. The threats she has received because of her work have led her to live with bodyguards 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for more than a year. In 2020, she won the Maria Moors Cabot scholarship to the Suzberger program at Columbia University, and has completed the Latin American Investigative Journalism program at Columbia University, as well as the Prensa y Democracia scholarship at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Sandra was chosen as the 2020 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship runner up.

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