Rodrigo Burgarelli is a journalist and news reporter for O Estado de S. Paulo, one of Brazil´s most influential and longest-running quality newspapers. Estado is widely regarded as the media outlet in Brazil bringing the most in-depth coverage and analysis of international affairs.
His work especially focuses on public policy in both economic and political spheres, and data journalism. Since he joined the newspaper in 2009, Mr. Burgarelli has been part of the first ever data journalism group created in a Brazilian newsroom, called Estadão Dados. Before that, he worked as a local news reporter, editor and head of metropolitan reporting, with experiences in both online news and social media.
For the past 5 years, Mr. Burgarelli has contributed to several major news stories in areas as different as international affairs, Brazil's domestic politics and advocacy journalism on improved public policy-making.
Such tasks have included writing for Estado's special supplement on Brazil’s role in World War II, which won many accolades. He was also special correspondent to Pope Francis Brazil World Youth Day visit.
His work has received major international amplification, as in his investigative piece on exorbitant, undue wages received by some members of Brazil's political class – which enjoyed major worldwide media repercussion with direct references made to it in outlets such as The Economist, The Guardian and El País.
His academic trajectory includes a degree in Journalism and Social Communications from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), one of Brazil's top three universities. He is currently an MSc Candidate at the Political Science Department of the University of São Paulo (USP), Latin America's best university in 2013 according to the Times Higher Education ranking. His research topics include public policy-making, government transparency & accountability, challenges to global governance & development, and contemporary democracy theory.
Rodrigo Burgarelli is fluent in English and Spanish, and a native Portuguese speaker. He has basic command of both French and Japanese. Mr. Burgarelli is engaged in different voluntary works aimed at social development in Brazil, which included his pro bono work as a teacher to low income high-school students looking to be accepted into Brazilian universities.