Cecilia Derpich


Investigative Journalism Coordinator,  El Mercurio (Santiago de Chile)

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Cecilia Derpich is an investigative journalism coordinator at El Mercurio, (established in 1827 and currently the largest newspaper in Chile). For 12 years she has covered government, politics and public works. Derpich is founder of “El Polígrafo” (The Polygraph) —the fact checking and investigative journalism unit at El Mercurio— the first of its kind in a Latin American newspaper. Her work has prompted several bills in the National Congress regarding changes in public policies and she has been invited to present the results of her investigations to Congress. Derpich received the IAPA-Knight-Wallace Fellows Chapultepec Grand Scholarship (2015), the Sustainable Journalism Award (2014), Transparency International Award (2014) and the Inter American Press Association Award (2011). She holds a degree in journalism and a master's in political science.