TIM PADGETT

Reporter, WLRN, South Florida’s NPR affiliate

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Tim Padgett is the Americas Editor for WLRN, South Florida’s NPR affiliate, covering Latin America, the Caribbean and their key relationship with South Florida. He has reported on Latin America for more than 25 years – for Newsweek as its Mexico City bureau chief from 1990 to 1996, and for Time as its Latin America bureau chief in Mexico from 1996 to 1999 and in Miami (where he also covered Florida and the U.S. Southeast) from 1999 to 2013.

Padgett has interviewed more than 20 heads of state, including former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. He was one of the few U.S. correspondents to sit down with the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez during his 14-year rule. He has covered every major Latin American and Caribbean story from the end of the Central American civil wars of the 1980s; to NAFTA and the Colombian guerrilla conflict of the 1990s; to the Brazilian boom, Venezuelan revolution and Mexican drug-war carnage of the 2000s; to the current normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations.

In 2005, Padgett received Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize for his body of work from the region. His 1993 Newsweek cover, “Cocaine Comes Home,” won the Inter-American Press Association’s drug-war coverage award.

Padgett is an Indiana native and a graduate of Wabash College. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School before studying in Caracas, Venezuela, at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. He started his career at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he led the paper’s coverage of the 1986 immigration reform. He has been a frequent analyst on CNN, Fox and NPR, as well as Spanish-language networks such as Univision.

Padgett has been an adult literacy volunteer since 1989. He currently lives in Miami with his wife and two children.

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