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.

man and woman by border

What's behind the exodus of Cubans?

It’s the largest single wave of Cuban migrants since Fidel Castro’s revolution in the 1950s.

What's behind the exodus of Cubans?
President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meet.

Biden seeks allies on migration crisis at US-Mexico border

Biden seeks allies on migration crisis at US-Mexico border
Namibia Flores was the only female boxer in Cuba for years. She has been training for almost two decades, with the dream of representing Cuba at the Olympics. 

Cuba to allow women boxers to compete after decades of restrictions

Cuba to allow women boxers to compete after decades of restrictions
Jorge Drexler poses in the press room with his Grammys at the 23rd annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Mandalay Bay Michelob Ultra Arena on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. 

Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler wins big at Latin Grammy Awards

Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler wins big at Latin Grammy Awards
Evaporation ponds in the Atacama salt flat

Global demand for lithium is changing Chile's Atacama Desert

Global demand for lithium is changing Chile's Atacama Desert
Migrants from Venezuela cross into Chile from the Bolivian border near Colchane, Chile

Chile grapples with transnational criminal organizations targeting migrants and locals

More than 7 million Venezuelans have left their homeland since 2015 amid ongoing economic and political crises in their country. And with ineffective border security, criminal gangs are increasing their efforts to take advantage of the migrants.

Chile grapples with transnational criminal organizations targeting migrants and locals
A store displays packages of unwanted clothing for ready for selling, Iquique, Chile.

Fast fashion is causing an environmental disaster in Chile's Atacama Desert

Some 59,000 tons of unwanted clothing arrive in Chile each year from places like Europe, Asia and the United States. But because it is illegal to dump them in landfills, they often end up in places like the Atacama Desert in the north of the country, where they harm the environment.

Fast fashion is causing an environmental disaster in Chile's Atacama Desert
Fields of pata de guanaco flowers bloom across the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.

Chile tries to protect its 'flowering desert' from climate change, tourists

Parts of the Atacama Desert have turned into a blooming carpet of flowers — an incredible sight that only happens a couple of times every decade. To protect the phenomenon, Chile's president has announced the creation of a new national park.

Chile tries to protect its 'flowering desert' from climate change, tourists
A Venezuelan cargo truck adorned with Venezuelan flags and balloons crosses the Simon Bolivar International Bridge during a ceremony to mark the bridge's reopening to cargo trucks between Cucuta, Colombia, and San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela

Colombia and Venezuela reopen shared border after years of closure

Residents from Colombia and Venezuela turned out in large numbers last week to welcome the reopening of their shared border to vehicles. Two commercial trucks, covered with the respective flags of each country, crossed the border point, marking the end of seven years of closure.

Colombia and Venezuela reopen shared border after years of closure
Workers move a box of freshly caught squid in Pucusana, Peru, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.

A state-owned company from China is building a massive commercial port in Peru

Experts say the port will be a new milestone for shipping trade between China and Latin America. But many people in the town of Chancay, where the port will be located, are not happy about it and say their lives will be changed forever.

A state-owned company from China is building a massive commercial port in Peru
Chile's President Gabriel Boric speaks during a ceremony introducing new cabinet members, at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile

Chileans categorically reject a new, progressive constitution

Two days after a national referendum on a new draft constitution, Chilean President Gabriel Boric shook up his Cabinet in an attempt to reboot the government.

Chileans categorically reject a new, progressive constitution
People gather at a playground amid water shortages in Monterrey, Mexico.

In the north of Mexico, water cuts to cope with shortages hit poor communities hardest 

Extreme heat and drought have left water in short supply in Monterrey, Mexico, but not everyone is feeling the pinch. Some poor neighborhoods seem to be facing far more restrictions on water usage than wealthier ones.

In the north of Mexico, water cuts to cope with shortages hit poor communities hardest 
The all-female collective Imilla Skate in Bolivia

These Indigenous female skateboarders are breaking stereotypes in Bolivia

A group of young female skateboarders in Bolivia are using their attire to break stereotypes across society. Spanish colonizers introduced polleras to the country centuries ago, and they became a symbol of the Quechua and Aymara ethnic groups of South America.

These Indigenous female skateboarders are breaking stereotypes in Bolivia
authorities standing in a circle

Could Colombia’s incoming president legalize cocaine?

If approved, it would be the first time that a country legalizes a drug as addictive and harmful as coca.

Could Colombia’s incoming president legalize cocaine?
Otero Alcántara during his performance “La Bandera Es De Todos," a piece where he wore the Cuban flag for thirty days.

Cuban dissident artists behind hit protest song 'Patria y Vida' sentenced to prison

Rapper Maykel Castillo “El Osorbo” and visual artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara were sentenced to prison by a Cuban court last week for his involvement with an opposition movement on the island.

Cuban dissident artists behind hit protest song 'Patria y Vida' sentenced to prison