Cesar Rojas

César Rojas Ángel

Class of 2023

After eight years working as a reporter in Colombia, César moved to California to become a documentary filmmaker. As an online and broadcast journalist, he has focused in environment, migration, the rights of indigenous communities and the challenges for the peace process in Colombia, among other topics. Part of his work has been published in the French public network France 24 and he has collaborated with Los Angeles Times.

In 2020, just before the pandemic, César traveled to the Colombian border with Ecuador to report on the story of two female indigenous governors of the Siona people who protect their territory from armed groups and extractive oil companies. The multimedia work was part of the project Land of Resistants, which received a third price for Excellence in Environmental Journalism of the Fetisov Journalism Awards and was a Premios Gabo‘s finalist.

Among other works, César has told stories from the Colombian and Venezuelan frontier, the Amazon rainforest and from the areas once ruled by guerrilla groups in his country.

EDUCATION

  • Master of Journalism
    UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism
    Class 2023

  • Universidad del Rosario
    Journalism and Public Opinion

  • Universidad del Rosario
    Political Science and Government

EMPLOYERS

  • France 24 en Español
    Sep. 2018 - Aug. 2021
    Journalist & Production Manager

  • Foundation for Press Freedom, Colombia (FLIP in Spanish)
    Sep. 2016 - Sep. 2018
    Communications Adviser

  • Semana Magazine
    Jan. 2013 - Apr. 2016
    Journalist & web editor

AWARDS & HONORS

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK

  • The Siona governors and their disputed territory 04/22/2020
    On the Ecuadorian border, over two hours downstream from Puerto Asis in Putumayo, two Siona women – Milena Payoguaje and Martha Liliana Piaguaje – govern indigenous territories within one of Colombia’s most disputed areas. There is a company that wishes to extract oil and some seismic explosives that nobody knows whether or not they will be detonated.

  • Venezuelan children cross the Colombian border for school, amid political crisis 02/13/2019
    Several children make the journey through the Venezuela-Colombia frontier every day to study. This work was produced while Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó planned to deliver international aid across the border.

REPORTING INTERESTS

Colombia, Decolonization, Ecology, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Communities, Latin America, Latinx Communities, Peace and Conflict, environmental science, migration