Costa Rican computer engineer awarded a Pulitzer Prize
Rigoberto Carvajal Pérez, a computer engineer, became the first Tico to win a Pulitzer Prize on Monday. He is part of the team that investigated and exposed the international corruption affair known as the Panama Papers.
Carvajal, 31, works as a data expert for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the group responsible for exposing the affair.
His first project for ICIJ was the data transformation of the flat Offshore Leaks database into an interactive web application that allowed journalists and people from all around the globe to explore the networks of the offshore world.
The investigation, awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting, exposed the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens. The year-long investigation represented the collaborative work of 370 reporters and 100 news organizations from 76 countries.
Prior to his job at the ICIJ Carvajal was chief analyst in the investigative reporting unit of Costa Rica’s daily La Nación. He graduated from the Costa Rica Institute of Technology as a computer engineer. He also holds a Master’s degree in Database Technology from Cenfotec University, where he is currently enrolled in the Data Analytics/Big Data Certificate Program.
You may be interested
Download printable Sloth Kong World Cup bracketsKatherine Stanley - June 19, 2018
Ready to keep track of the World Cup results? Eager for a little ray of Sloth Kong on the wall…
This week in the Peace Corps: Sports for Costa Rican youthElizabeth Lang - June 18, 2018
Last month, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Brian and his community partnered with student athletes from Marquette University through Courts for Kids to…
Once a symbol of Somoza-era torture, Nicaragua prison holds protestersMaggy Donaldson / AFP - June 18, 2018
For days, María Magdalena Saldana has hooked a gold chain encircling her waist to the gate bulwarking one of Nicaragua's…