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 denounce 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, and our 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 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 S. Johnson is founder and chairman of Harmony Labs. He is also founder of Eyebeam, a studio for collaborative experiments with technology and art, Screenwriters Colony, a retreat and workshop for emerging media writers, and the Almanack Arts Colony, a multi-disciplinary artist retreat. Johnson also co-founded BuzzFeed and was a founding investor in the Huffington Post. He has written, produced, and directed two feature films, Without a Trace: June 10, 1979 (1991), and Ratchet (1996). In 2003, Johnson was a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Most recently he received a master’s degree in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University.
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, editors, data coders, and designers working to bring Latin American women into the forefront of digital journalism.
Treasurer– Roberto Acuña Ávalos. Journalist, editor and passionate about music, 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.
Giannina Segnini 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.
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.
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.
Roberto Rodríguez learned to build software on his own since he was young. With what life gave him and his sense of adventure he formed an international career that led him to launch products for Startups in Silicon Valley and interactive stories for media such as Univision / Fusion / ABC – all while living in the forests of Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. Retired from the technology industry, he maintains his relationship as a board advisor in companies where he can share his knowledge and vision for the positive use of technology.
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.
Journalist Cyntia Briceño worked at La Nación for nine years and currently is director of communications at Zona de Prensa.
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 where she coordinates various initiatives and supports local organizations. 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 Nacional newspaper El Financiero for her work as former Administrative Director of The Voice of Guanacaste. Ethel is part of the Board of Directors of the Nosara Civic Association, the Nosara Recycling Association and member of the Hojancha-Nicoya and Nandayure Territorial Council of INDER.
Associate member Alejandro Fernández Sanabria. He worked for two years in the research unit with data in Univision Noticias and is currently working for digital media Injustice Watch. He holds a master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Chicago and is a lawyer graduated from the UCR. He co-founded the first political fact-checking platform in Spanish in Central America and the US. He worked in the weekly El Financiero (Costa Rica), where he won a Data Journalism Award (2015) and obtained an honorable mention of the Pío Víquez National Journalism Prize (2018). Alejandro supports us in special investigations.
Associate member Mercedes Agüero R. Graduated from the School of Communication, UCR. Mercedes worked for 22 years for Grupo Nación. In the first decade she was part of the reporters team of the defunct newspaper Al Día and then went to the newspaper La Nación where she worked as a journalist in the area of public services, telecommunications, economics, politics and in the last four years she was part of the Data Intelligence and Research.
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 and editor of Science, Health, Art and Technology in Aldea Global magazine. Alejandra has received awards and scholarships from organizations with international recognition such as 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 with an emphasis in Environmental 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.
FINANCIAL AND MARKETING ADVOSORY COMMITTEE
Publicist, co-founder of 1naDigital Agency. He has worked as creative director for brands of various categories, including media. Randall currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he receives training in Data Science and Digital Marketing.
Designer, co-founder of 1naDigital Agency. He has been an art director for various brands and media, national and regional. Although his early works were in print media, during the past years Carlos has been focusing on design for digital media, most recently a special focus on design for user experience (UX).
ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ART AND TECHNOLOGY
Gabriela is a multimedia journalist passionate about social inclusion, education and digital storytelling. She has dedicated herself to empowering immersive narratives, education and the participation of women in technology. Her commitment to transdisciplinary work and methodologies have allowed her to constantly experiment with different digital platforms to tell stories in a more effective way. 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 and Supplements of Grupo Nación. Curator for the International Book Fair of Costa Rica and for the Film Festival. In addition, she is co-editor of international magazines such as: 'Orsai', 'Rara', 'The Fanzine Tolva' and is a consultant for 'Itch' magazine. He is part of the Administrative Board and the Foundation of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC). Karina belongs to the advisory committee of the Ibero-American Design Biennial (BID). She is a member of Junta de Teatro Espressivo.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUALITY
Cynthia Castro Villalobos
Co Founder of Boomerang Effect. Businesswoman, psychologist and activist for gender equality and sustainable human development. Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. Consultant for UN Women. International speaker for World Economic Forum, Youth Forum Switzerland, Tedxllorentewomen, TedxPuraVidaJoven, Voces Vitales Centroamérica, among others. Vice President of the Fruktus Foundation and member of the CRUSA Foundation, CINDE, Ideas en Acción and the Social Innovation Board of the Government of Costa Rica 2014-2018. She was a partner and director of RBA, Executive Director of the ALAS Association, Arcus Recruitment Manager and professor at the Universidad Latina.
Lauren Díaz Arias
Is from the county of Tilarán, Guanacaste. Founder and executive director of the Nueva Oportunidad Foundation, an organization that designs integral procedure for the social reinsertion of inmates in society. She has studies in administration, law, criminology, human security and legal-criminal sociology, as well as a specialization in innovation and is currently pursuing an international certification in Project Management focused on development projects. She teaches at the School of Administration of the National University. In 2013, she was selected by the IDB as one of the most innovative young people in Latin America. Lauren is Ashoka Fellow, certified integral coach and Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.
Our editorial team
Emiliana García - Executive Director
María Fernanda Cruz - Editor In-Chief
Andrea Rodríguez Valverde- Reporter
Noelia Esquivel Solano- Journalist
Roberto Cruz Alpízar- Graphic Producer
Angélica Castro Camacho - Contributor
César Arroyo Castro- Photo Editor
Our commercial team
Jennifer Vega - Commercial Manager
Jessie Ramos Carrillo - Audience Engagement Editor
Margarita Quesada Ortega - Assistant
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Teléfono: 2685 4474