Thiago Resende is a Brazilian journalist who graduated in Journalism at the University of Brasilia (UnB). He works as a reporter for the Brasília bureau of Folha de S.Paulo, one of the largest Brazilian newspapers. For two years, he also worked as a freelance journalist in Europe. In 2018, he was selected for the Heinz Kühn program, in Germany, which chooses journalists from developing countries and provides them with a setup for their first work experience abroad. He decided to be a journalist because he believes the media plays an essential role in society: to encourage public debate, to strengthen democracy, and to bring to light issues that are fundamental for the development of a nation. As a Visiting Scholar, he will be at Columbia University for the 2022 Spring semester.