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Tatiana Pinheiro, who began her journalism career after studying abroad in South Africa, joined the Key Biscayne Independent as a summer intern, Miami Fourth Estate President Tony Winton announced Monday. 

“You don’t leave a place like South Africa the same as you were,” said Pinheiro, who learned the political structure of the country, such as the Apartheid law. “The experience changed the direction of my career path and brought me to my purpose, and I will forever be grateful for that.”

Pinheiro is a graduate student at Craig Newmark School of Journalism City University of New York. With a focus on international reporting, she has developed a multicultural lens to serve a huge metropolis like Miami and has learned to engage with many cultures.

“We are very happy to welcome Tatiana to Miami Fourth Estate and be partners with the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism,” Winton said. “It’s part of our mission to help equip the next generation of journalists.”

Pinheiro is excited to use her research, reporting and fact-checking skills to grow as a community reporter focused on hyper-local issues.

In 2021, Pinheiro earned a bachelor’s in TV Production and African Studies from Lehman University in the Bronx, New York. She’s a multi-disciplinary professional with a background in print, communications and broadcast. Some of her experience includes reporting for the Mott Haven Herald, BronxNet and Black Westchester in New York. 

Additionally, she contributed entertainment articles and produced videos to online hip-hop publication SOHH, covering issues in social justice and hip-hop. Her work there includes a piece on American attorney Ben Crump about hip-hop and advocacy, which she reported at Roc Nation’s annual social justice summit spearheaded by Jay-Z. 

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Her passion for storytelling goes beyond the newsroom.

Through her efforts in public service, she spent time teaching for a global education-based nonprofit organization, One World United and Virtuous, working and mentoring community youth and volunteering her time in places, like Bulgaria and South Africa. 

Serving as president of the student affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists at Craig Newmark, she’s dedicated to growing the organization by planning events and cultivating relationships by networking with other working professionals. 

“It’s important for me to do work that is fulfilling and has an impact on the lives of others and that’s what journalism does for me,” she said. 

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