Juanita León

Director and Founder
La Silla Vacía
Juanita León

Juanita León is Director and Founder of La Silla Vacía, one of the most influential investigative sites in Colombia, and a lawyer. She has written several books, including Country of Bullets, about the war in Colombia. Recently, she won the García Marquez Iberoamerican Award for her coverage of the peace process in her country. After working at The Wall Street Journal Americas division in New York, Juanita returned to Colombia to work at the national newspaper El Tiempo as editor of the Peace Unit covering the peace process with the FARC. In the Semana magazine Juanita was reportage editor and in 2006, helped create the daily edition of Semana.com, and later directed the launch of Flypmedia.com magazine in New York. She has a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University and was a Harvard Nieman Fellow.