A long time ago, Shasta Darlington (pictured) graduated from Middlebury College and began her journalism career in Mexico City, writing for The News and the Los Angeles Times. Since then, she has worked for Bloomberg, Reuters and CNN.
As a correspondent for CNN in Havana, Darlington traveled a number of times to Brazil; the Latin American country was also her base from 1997 to 2001 for the above mentioned wire services. So it makes perfect sense that she will now be heading up CNN’s new bureau in São Paulo:
In Havana, Darlington filed stories in English and Spanish across a range of topics including Fidel Castro’s illness, his handover to his brother Raul Castro, and the first years of Raul’s succession. Darlington also travelled multiple times to Brazil from Havana, most recently to cover the 2011 floods in Rio de Janeiro State and President Obama’s visit in March, and the 2010 Presidential elections for CNN’s global audience.
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics set for Brazil, posting Darlington there makes extra good sense. As does the fact that this reporter is also fluent in a third language, Portuguese.