Tibisay Zea

Reporter

The World

Tibisay Zea is a reporter with The World based in Boston.

Tibisay Zea is a reporter with The World based in Boston.

She has experience reporting stories about Latin America and immigration in the United States.

Before joining The World, Tibisay covered a breadth of issues critically important to Greater Boston, such as wealth inequities, housing instability, climate change and social determinants of health.

As a community fellow at the MIT Center for Constructive Communication, she

developed a guide for journalists to report on communities of color.

Tibisay grew up in Venezuela and attended journalism school in Spain. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is an active member of the NationalAssociation of Hispanic Journalists.

She is also a classically trained pianist and singer and likes to play music from Latin America.

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How the asylum system became the main avenue for mass migration to the US

A record of about 2.5 million migrants showed up at the US-Mexico border in 2023, and many of them are requesting asylum. The system is now overwhelmed, with a backlog of about 3 million asylum applications pending in courts. 

How the asylum system became the main avenue for mass migration to the US
Florida is home to the largest Haitian community in the US with more than 300,000 people of Haitian ancestry.

Miami’s Little Haiti: What is lost when a community is displaced?

Miami’s Little Haiti: What is lost when a community is displaced?
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Cubans worry about inflation explosion after government austerity measures

Cubans worry about inflation explosion after government austerity measures
Scores of African migrants crowd in winter-wear at a US border wall

'My life is in danger': More Africans are choosing to migrate to the US

'My life is in danger': More Africans are choosing to migrate to the US
Nathalie Vilgrain, sixth from left, is the head of Marijàn, a feminist organization in Port-Au-Prince that is sheltering about 150 women who have been displaced by sexual violence.

In Haiti, sexual violence is devastating women and girls

In Haiti, sexual violence is devastating women and girls
Venezuelan migrants walk across the Rio Bravo towards the United States border to surrender to the border patrol, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Oct. 13, 2022.

Nicaragua is helping tens of thousands of migrants reach the US

Nicaragua is the only country in Central America that does not require visas from citizens of several troubled nations in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. The country has long been a springboard for migrants seeking to get to the United States by land.

Nicaragua is helping tens of thousands of migrants reach the US
Children stand in front of the building of the Peruvian Congress as part of a call to demand accountability for cancer patients in Peru, September 2023.

Desperate cancer patients in Peru look for options across the Atlantic

In Peru, cancer patients are facing enormous challenges to be able to survive. The situation is especially dire for children with leukemia. Many die because they couldn’t get access to treatment in time. More and more parents are seeking help in Spain.

Desperate cancer patients in Peru look for options across the Atlantic
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The first Cuban tres players at Berklee

The national instrument of Cuba, the tres is gaining some attention in the US. For the very first time, Berklee College of Music in Boston admitted two students of Cuban tres this year.

The first Cuban tres players at Berklee
A pink sign in the forefront of a largely female crowd that reads in Spanish "Swiftie No Vota Milei"

In Argentina, ‘Swifties Don’t Vote For Milei’

Just days before the presidential elections in Argentina, Taylor Swift fans wanted to make sure their voices were heard. Pink posters with the caption: "Swifties Don't Vote for Milei” were spotted all around the country’s biggest stadium, where the pop star recently performed three sold-out concerts. Javier Milei is a far-right libertarian candidate who has proposed radical changes if elected.

In Argentina, ‘Swifties Don’t Vote For Milei’
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Can a multinational intervention bring peace to Haiti?

The overall situation in Haiti has been deteriorating for many years, but things have rapidly declined since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in 2021.

Can a multinational intervention bring peace to Haiti?
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A new underground gig economy is booming in New York City as migrants wait for work permits

The Biden administration announced it will grant work permits for nearly half a million Venezuelans. City officials in New York have been calling for it, as tens of thousands of migrants, mainly from Venezuela, have arrived in the city in recent months. However, the process of applying for the legal right to work can take months.

A new underground gig economy is booming in New York City as migrants wait for work permits
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Dominican Republic closes border with Haiti over water rights dispute

​​​​​​​Tensions have escalated between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The neighboring countries are now in a serious dispute over water rights. The Dominican government sealed the border and stopped issuing visas to all Haitian citizens until the dispute is resolved. 

Dominican Republic closes border with Haiti over water rights dispute
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What the 1973 coup means for Chileans today — 50 years later

Five decades after the 1973 coup in Chile that toppled the government of Salvador Allende and brought General Augusto Pinochet to power with help from the US, people in Chile are deeply divided about what the coup anniversary means today.

What the 1973 coup means for Chileans today — 50 years later
A graphic with three photos. Left to right: Wheat harvest, Tibisay Zea and a man harvesting wheat in Senegal.

VIDEO EXPLAINER: How the war in Ukraine is affecting wheat exports and food culture in Senegal

In this video, The World’s Tibisay Zea explains how the war in Ukraine is shaking up a big part of Senegal's food culture.

VIDEO EXPLAINER: How the war in Ukraine is affecting wheat exports and food culture in Senegal
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In Haiti, pastor leads followers into gunfire

At least seven people are dead after a protest led by a pastor marched through a gang-controlled suburb of the capital. 

In Haiti, pastor leads followers into gunfire