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Maria Teresa Ronderos

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Residence  Colombia
Occupation  Journalist
Name  Maria Ronderos
Education  Syracuse University
Nationality  Colombian
Known for  Semana
Role  Journalist
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Born  1959Bogota, Colombia

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Maria Teresa Ronderos Gerson Arias (born 1959) is a Colombian journalist best known for her work on the magazine, "Semana".


Early life and education

Ronderos, a native of Bogota, studied political science at Florida International University and received a master's degree in political science from Syracuse University.


Ronderos began her career in Buenos Aires in 1983, where she covered Argentina's transition to democracy.

In 1992, she became the first female political editor of the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. She worked on the TV news program Buenos Dias Colombia and the TV opinion program Testimonio, and was a columnist for El Espectador, a Colombian national newspaper. From 1997 to 1999, she was editorial director, columnist, and editor at the business and financial magazine La Nota Economica.

From 2000 to 2005 she was general editor of Semana, a Colombian newsmagazine. From 1999 to 2000 she carried out a joint investigation with British and American reporters about the involvement of tobacco companies in cigarette smuggling. She was Semana’s managing editor from 2000-2005, and between 2008 and 2009 was editor of the magazine's website

Since 2008, Ronderos has been editorial director of, a website that she founded and that is focused on the armed conflict in Colombia.


Americas Quarterly published her essay Develop a New Hemispheric Vision as part of a Fall 2008 issue consisting of advice for the next president of the U.S. “It will make a huge difference,” she wrote, “if the U.S. government becomes less tolerant of corrupt leaders and values more transparent and open information.”

In May 2012 she published a report, La soledad de El Diario de Juarez (The Solitude of El Diario of Juarez) about the perils faced by local journalists in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.


Ronderos's book Punch: una experiencia en television was published by Plaza & Janes in 1991, and reprinted by the University of California in 2007.

The year 2002 saw the publication of her book Retratos del poder: vidas extremas en la Colombia contemporanea (Portraits of Power: Extreme Lives in Contemporary Colombia) and of Como hacer periodismo (How to Do Journalism), co-written with Juanita Leon and Mauricio Saenz.

She is the coauthor of the 2003 book The Water Barons. She also wrote 5 en Humor (Five profiles of Colombian political humorists)published by Aguilar (2007).

Other professional activities

Ronderos created a multimedia project for UNICEF about conditions for infants in Latin America, and also directed the documentaries El juego del poder (The Game of Power) and Un medio para el ambiente (A Medium for the Environment).

At the first International Women's Congress in Mexico City, on March 11, 2011, she spoke on “La experiencia intelectual de las mujeres en el siglo XXI” (The intellectual experience of women in the 21st Century).


Maria Teresa Ronderos Wikipedia