George de Lama became the 10th President of Eisenhower Fellowships in 2014 after a distinguished career as a journalist and media executive whose work has taken him to nearly 60 countries on five continents as an award-winning correspondent, editor, international civil servant and businessman. De Lama worked his way up the Chicago Tribune newsroom ranks from summer reporting intern to metropolitan reporter, national and foreign correspondent, chief of correspondents, associate managing editor, deputy managing editor and ultimately, managing editor for news, directing the paper’s news coverage and operations and leading its Pulitzer Prize-winning news-side staff of nearly 500 journalists. After leaving the Tribune, de Lama became Advisor for External Relations at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. in 2009, heading the multilateral organization’s strategic communications in support of operations and strategic initiatives across Latin America and the Caribbean. He returned to Chicago in 2012 to become President of Global Development for Answers Media LLC, overseeing the company’s operations in Latin America and the Middle East and leading its Global Learning Division. In 2013, he launched a new startup firm, Answers Learning LLC, to produce educational solutions for parents, students, educators and public and private organizations. As a Tribune editor, de Lama helped oversee foreign and national reporting that won two Pulitzer Prizes, six Overseas Press Awards and two George Polk Awards, among many other honors. He served as a two-time Pulitzer Prize juror, including Chair of the International Reporting Jury in 2008. De Lama played a leading role in nearly a decade of discussions with the Cuban government that resulted in Tribune Co. opening a news bureau in Havana in 2001, the first American newspaper office in Cuba in 35 years. De Lama held a variety of national and foreign reporting positions that included two tours of duty in Latin America, where in the 1980s he chronicled armed conflict in Central America and South America’s transitions from dictatorship to democracy. He served as the Tribune’s White House correspondent and later its chief diplomatic correspondent, covering the Iran-Contra scandal, the end of the Cold War, the reunification of Germany, the 1991 Persian Gulf War and the Middle East peace process. De Lama was the three-time winner of the Chicago Tribune's Edward Scott Beck Award for foreign and national reporting and won the National Education Writers Award for coverage of Chicago public schools. He was awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and was the first Latino ever to appear on the masthead of the Chicago Tribune. He was twice selected one of the nation's 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and twice was named one of 100 most powerful Latinos in U.S. by Poder Magazine. De Lama is a member of the Advisory Board of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and of the Board of Advisors at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree in 1979. He was twice elected to the Board of Governors of the Overseas Press Club of America and formerly served on the board of the Pew International Reporting program. The son of Cuban immigrants, de Lama was born in Chicago. He and his wife Carrie, an independent film maker, live in Philadelphia.


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