Raúl Peñaranda covers Bolivia for GlobalPost. He is a well-known Bolivian journalist and political analyst. He was the first Bolivian to obtain a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard in 2008. As a fellow, he studied two academic semesters focusing on topics related to development, democracy and political conflict. Penaranda is a former Associated Press and ANSA correspondent in his country and has also worked as a freelance contributor for the Los Angeles Times and a number of Latin American newspapers. Since August 2008, he has written for El Universo, the biggest Ecuadorean daily, and publishes a column for La Prensa, a Bolivian newspaper. He has worked at several Bolivian dailies: He was managing editor of Ultima Hora, opinion editor and columnist of La Razon and director and founder of two weekly newspapers: La Epoca and Nueva Economia. He has published several books related to journalism and politics. He holds a degree in social communication (Universidad Católica Boliviana) and is a graduate in advanced journalism (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar).