Professor Rosental Calmon Alves, a veteran Brazilian journalist, moved to Austin in 1996 as the inaugural holder of the Knight Chair. He founded the Knight Center in 2002 and also holds the UNESCO Chair in Communication and the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Moody College of Communication’s School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a former president of Orbicom, the global network of UNESCO Chairs in Communication. Professor Alves is the board chair of the Maria Moors Cabot Awards at Columbia University and a member of many international boards of organizations related to journalism, such as the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. His three areas of teaching and research are international news, especially the work of foreign correspondents in Latin America; Latin American journalism and press freedom; and digital journalism.
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