Patrícia Campos Mello

Reporter-at-Large, Folha de São Paulo and Associate Researcher, Columbia University

Patrícia Campos Mello is an reporter- at-large at Folha de São Paulo newspaper and an associate research scholar at Columbia University. For over 25 years, she has been covering international relations, economics and human rights, and has reported from over 50 countries. She has been awarded the Maria Moors Cabot award, International Press Freedom Award, the King of Spain Journalism Prize, and others. She is the author of "A máquina do ódio" - book about disinformation campaigns by populist leaders and the erosion of freedom of the press. Since 2014, she has been publishing a series of stories about illegal use of WhatsApp mass messaging to send fake news and other influence operations to manipulate public opinion. She was the Washington correspondent for Estado newspaper between 2006 and 2010. In the last few years, she has spent time in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Turkey. Lebanon and Kenya reporting on refugees and conflicts. She was the only Brazilian reporter to cover the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, in 2014 and 2015.