II - INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, COLUMBIA, 2005
Alonso started his journalism career reporting on immigration and labor unions in Chicago for Reuters before heading to Ecuador to start a 12-year tour through Latin America where he wrote about everything from violent demonstrations, shocking debt defaults, a massive earthquake and the impeachment of a president. Growing up in a country torn by civil war and economic chaos, Alonso has focused on public policy in Latin America with the last six years devoted to covering economics in one of the world’s biggest economies, Brazil. He wants to further his knowledge of economics, concentrating on fiscal and industrial policies as the region enters a new era of slower growth after riding the wave of record-high commodity prices for the last decade.