MacArthur Fellows Program

Alma Guillermoprieto

Journalist | Class of 1995

New York, New York
46 at time of award
Published July 1, 1995

About Alma's Work

Alma Guillermoprieto is a journalist whose books and essays vividly document modern Latin America for the English-speaking reader.

Guillermoprieto was one of the first to report the massacre at the village of El Mozote in northern El Salvador.  Her investigation of this situation involved a journey into rebel-held areas that brought about reprimands by the United States government and press.  In 1995, the facts that upheld this work finally came to light.  As a freelance writer, she has also covered the Colombian civil war, the Shining Path rebel movement in Peru, the aftermath of the “Dirty War” in Argentina, and post-Sandinista Nicaragua.  She is the author of the books Samba (1990), The Heart That Bleeds: Latin America Now (1994), Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America (2001), and Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution (2004).


A former South America bureau chief for Newsweek, Guillermoprieto writes in English for the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker and in Spanish for a number of publications in Latin America.

Guillermoprieto was a professional dancer and a member of the National Ballet Company of Mexico prior to beginning her journalistic career in 1978.

Last updated January 1, 2005

Select News Coverage of Alma Guillermoprieto
February 25, 2014
"The Kingpin at Rest"
The New York Review of Books
Alma Guillermoprieto , 1995 MacArthur Fellow
November 22, 2012
"Mexico: Risking Life for Truth"
From The New York Review of Books
Alma Guillermoprieto, MacArthur Fellow, 1995
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