The Voice of Guanacaste is the first nonprofit, bilingual newspaper in Costa Rica, whose stories and investigations are published in both print and online. Our objective is to provide through quality journalism a voice to communities that rarely are represented in national media.
Every day, a team of reporters, editors, designers, and professional photographers inform our readers with quality and professionalism, working hand-in-hand with the support of our community networks. Together, we challenge the unjust, reveal the responsible actors, and above all, connect communities and make them visible in every corner of the region.
The Voice of Guanacaste was founded in 2002 as The Voice of Nosara. More than just a newspaper, we were a printed bulletin with news from the region. In 2006, John S. Johnson and his wife Susan Short (U.S. citizens who fell in love with Costa Rica and who believe in the importance of local news) acquired the newspaper with the aim of providing continuity to the project, which was facing closure. Beginning in 2010, as a means to respond to our readers’ demands, we began to publish news from Nosara’s neighboring communities.
Thanks to the support of local businesses, financing from the Johnsons and our faithful readership, the newspaper has continued to grow. In 2013, we became The Voice of Guanacaste, providing vital information to communities across the province.
With the goal of maintaining editorial integrity and independence, in 2015, The Voice of Guanacaste became a nonprofit organization.
The Voice of Guanacaste is the only regional newspaper in Costa Rica that produces investigative and data journalism. We have experience conducting investigations on matters of health, the environment, gender, politics, sports and real estate. We also created applications based on data analyzed by our team (see our Water App, Elections App, Santa Cruz maritime zone taxes app, and our Water PIAGG App).
To become a benchmark in Guanacaste by fostering progress in communities through responsible and innovative journalism.
We produce ethical, participatory, and quality journalism with a commitment to uniting and providing exposure to communities in order to promote their development.
What communities do we represent today?
We currently cover news from Santa Cruz, Tamarindo, Nosara, Sámara, Nicoya, Hojancha and Liberia. We also maintain a presence in Carrillo, Nandayure, La Cruz, Bagaces and Cañas. Our goal is to actively cover the entire province of Guanacaste by 2020.
Our Board of Directors
President- John S. Johnson
John holds a Master’s degree in Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods from Columbia University, NY and a Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Mathematics from St. John´s College. Founder of Harmony Lab and Harmony Institute, Co-Founder of BuzzFeed, Founder of the Screenwriter Colony Nantucket, Found of the Pacific Fund and investor at the Huffington Post.
Secretary– Emiliana Garcia
Emiliana has worked as a TV and Radio producer until 2007 when she took over, redesigned and expanded the newspaper La Voz de Guanacaste where she currently works as Executive Director. She is one of the Costa Rican ambassador of the non profit Chicas Poderosas, a community of journalists working to bring Latin American women into the forefront of digital journalism.
Treasurer– Roberto Acuña Ávalos
Journalist, Roberto is the Product Manager of La Voz de Guanacaste. He worked in the digital newspaper Vuelta en U and in La Nación as a multimedia producer and journalist. He is the ambassador in Costa Rica of Chicas Poderosas. Winner of the 19 Million Project prize in Rome for the Moving Voices project. He holds a degree in Media Production from the Universidad Latina and has participated in workshops of the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation.
Fiscal- Giannina Segnini
Giannina is a Costa Rican journalist who has won several international awards for her work at La Nación and on independent investigations. Segnini specializes in investigative and data journalism, and currently teaches at Columbia University’s journalism program in New York. Segnini provides crucial support for our investigations.
Vocal 1- Costa Rican journalist and writer Diego Delfino is widely known as director of the website delfino.cr and for his work as editor-in-chief of the magazine Su Casa. His quill will be present in our writings.
Vocal 2– Journalist Cyntia Briceño worked at La Nación for nine years and currently is director of communications at Zona de Prensa.
Associate member Alexander Jiménez Matarrita is a doctor of philosophy and was coordinator of the National Human Development Report by the United Nations Program in Costa Rica. He has won awards for his published books and currently is director of doctorate studies on society and culture at the University of Costa Rica. Jiménez will be our guide when we work on news related to cultural identity.
Associate member Mariana Santos is Portuguese. She transcended her profession of designer to journalist while working at the British newspaper The Guardian. Santos now leads the international nonprofit group Chicas Poderosas, whose mission is to eliminate the gap between women and technology, and she was director of the interactive team at Fusion.net (owned by Univisión and Disney). Santos collaborates on visual and interactive elements to better connect our stories to our readers.
Associate member Roberto Rodríguez is creator of the tech company 3VOT and of digital applications. His client portfolio includes Univisión, Disney and Fusion.com. His vision and knowledge of current technology will be fundamental to our development.
Associate member Ethel Araya Chavez graduated as an economist from the UCR, she is currently the Manager of Community Projection and Sustainability for Harmony Projects, in Nosara Guanacaste, where she coordinates various initiatives and supports local organizations to development their organizational capacities. In 2012, she received the Yo Creo award for the Nosara Recicla project and in 2016 Ethel received the recognition of 40 under 40, from El Nacional newspaper El Financiero for her work as former Administrative Director of The Voice of Guanacaste.
Associate member Steve Mack is an attorney and editor from the United States. He worked for The Tico Times for several years. Mack has lived in Costa Rica for many years, and currently is director of the nongovernmental organization Guanacaste Community Fund (Fondo Comunitario de Guanacaste), which seeks to connect financial resources with human resources. Mack will help us during our first steps as an NGO.
EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
is a writer living between Los Angeles and Nosara, Guanacaste, working for national magazines, covering culture, celebrity, religion and business. She was formerly a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a freelance reporter for the New York Times. She has a masters degree in religion from the University of Chicago, and a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University. She serves on the board of her family foundation, the Goldhirsh Foundation, as well as the Columbia Journalism School and nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.
Alejandra Vargas Morera
Scientific and environmental journalist, she has interviewed more than 40 Nobel prizes, was editor of Univision Planeta, editor of Science, Health, Art and Technology in Aldea Global magazine. Alejandra has received awards and scholarships from the Poynter Institute of Journalism, the Knight Center and the New Journalism Foundation, among others. She won the National Prize of Scientific Journalism in Costa Rica and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Natural Resources Management. She received the Ortega y Gassett 2017 prize and the Robert F. Kennedy 2017 prize. She is the founder and ambassador of Chicas Poderosas.
Hulda Miranda Picado
She is a journalist and research editor at the newspaper Semanario Universidad. She graduated from the University of Costa Rica where she also currently studies Law. Hulda worked for several years in the newspaper La Nación, mainly covering the judicial field of the country.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Gabriela is a multimedia journalist. She has dedicated herself to empowering immersive narratives, education and the participation of women in technology. She has worked for media such as the Wall Street Journal and Rise Up, a winning project of two Webby Awards in 2018. She currently works as a fellow of the international community solutions program, and collaborates in transmedia and virtual reality projects in the StoryHackers laboratory of SeirenFilms.
Philologist, communicator and Master in Business Administration. She has been the director of magazines in La Nacion Group. Curator for the International Book Fair and the Film Festival in Costa Rica. In addition she is co-editor of international magazines such as: "Orsai", "Rara", "The Fanzine Tolva" and a consultant for "Itch" magazine. She is part of the Administrative Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC). Karina belongs to the advisory committee of the Ibero-American Design Biennal. She is a member of Junta de Teatro Expresivo.
Our editorial team
Emiliana García - Executive Director
María Fernanda Cruz - Editor In-Chief
Andrea Rodríguez - Reporter
Wilberth Villalobos - Reporter
Roberto Cruz - Graphic Producer
Noelia Solano Esquivel- Resident Journalist
César Arroyo - Photo Editor
Our commercial team
Jennifer Vega - Commercial Manager
Roberto Acuña - Product Manager
Margarita Quesada Ortega - Assistant