Catherine Osborn is a print and radio journalist based in Rio de Janeiro. She has reported and produced for The World and National Public Radio, and her writing has appeared on the sites Next City and Culinary Backstreets.
Catherine is a native of Austin, Texas, where she was raised without a television and spent lots of time listening to NPR member station KUT, eventually interning in their newsroom. She has a degree in Latin American Studies from Yale.
To make the parades come alive, over 3,000 artists and builders work year-round on Carnival.
The Christmas dinner menu in Brazil is just as shaped by history and politics as everything else.
In addition to sparking public violence, political divisions have cut deeply into the private lives of Brazilian families. One week after Brazil voted in the far-right Jair Bolsonaro as their next president, reporter Catherine Osborn met up with a 35-year-old banker from Rio de Janeiro named Raquel to speak about how the election had affected her relationships.
Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro's hardline positions speak to working-class voters who say they feel the left has abandoned them.
This election, the work of fact-checking organizations is being amplified by a new partner: Facebook. It is part of the social media giant’s push to assure users it is taking misinformation campaigns in elections seriously. In September, Facebook announced it was dedicating its own “War Room” in Menlo Park to preventing election interference in Brazil — one of its five biggest markets.
South America’s largest country is electing its next president later this year — and it’s in the thick of a legal battle about whether the top-polling candidate will be in jail by that time.
One of the legacies of the Rio Olympics was supposed to be a safer city. A year later, that promise hasn't been kept and soldiers are patrolling Rio's streets.
Thousands of police have been taken off Rio’s streets in the past year, city clinics are closing their doors, and there has been dismal interest in patronizing Rio’s $20 million Olympic golf course — built on an environmental reserve — and the almost completely unsold luxury housing that was once the athlete’s village.
A 3-year-old anti-corruption probe called Operation Car Wash has advanced deep into the backrooms of Brazilian politics and business, implicating politicians from all major parties.