|Born||Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao
February 3, 1952
|Occupation||Journalist, Political commentator, Writer|
|Notable credit(s)||La Nación director (1982–2003)
Inter American Press Association President of Press Freedom Committee (1991-1994)
Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao (born February 3, 1952) is an award winning Costa Rican journalist.
Summary of life
Eduardo Ulibarri was born in Remedios, Cuba on February 3, 1952. At the age of 14 he emigrated out of Cuba with his parents towards Costa Rica. He is married to María del Rocío Fernández Salazar, a journalist specialized in cultural affairs, and have two sons: Fernando, a jazz musician, and Daniel, an actor and producer.
He graduated from the University of Costa Rica with bachelor and licence degrees, and obtained a master degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Between 1987 and 1988 was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
He was director of La Nación from 1982 until 2003. After leaving the newspaper, he developed a practice in consulting on strategic communications, media organizations and socio-political analysis. He also became involved in the boards of some NGOs and corporations.
In June of 2010 he was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations. He is the current chairman of its Committee on Information.
Since 1976 he has been a professor of journalism at the University of Costa Rica's School of Collective Communication Sciences. He is currently on leave.
He has authored several books on journalism and current events, has worked as political analyst and is an international advisor in governance, freedom of expression and journalistic integrity, and media subjects to both local and international news organizations.
In 2005, together with other journalists and media leaders, he established the Costa Rica Instituto de Prensa y Libertad de Expresión (IPLEX) which is based in San José, Costa Rica, and became its first president until 2010, when he was nominated Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
He contributes frequently, with opinion pieces to the daily newspaper La Nación, Costa Rica.
Accolades and awards
- Medal for distinguished service in journalism (University of Missouri, 1989)
- National Prize for Journalism (Costa Rica, 1999)
- ALACOP Prize (Latin American Association of Political Consultants), (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2002)