Peter Prengaman is the The Associated Press news director for Brazil, overseeing text, video and photo operations across Latin America’s largest and most populous country.
Over 16 years at the AP, Prengaman, a cross-format journalist with deep experience in print and video, has reported from over a dozen countries, covering major stories ranging from the Haitian revolution in 2004 to the Arab Spring in Egypt and the Zika virus in Brazil.
He joined AP in 2002 in Portland, Oregon, and later served as Caribbean correspondent based in the Dominican Republic, immigration beat reporter and supervisor in Los Angeles and interactive and graphics editor for the Southern United States, based in Atlanta. Before transferring to Brazil, he was news editor in the Southern Cone, leading a team of Spanish and English-language reporters while also reporting and writing on top stories in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.
In 2014, he went to Morocco (where he had worked as a free-lancer in 2000) on a sabbatical, studying advanced Arabic full-time and teaching a journalism class with SIT Morocco in partnership with Round Earth Media.
Prengaman has been part of teams that received the Polk Award and Grantham Prize for environmental reporting during the Gulf oil spill and the APME Multimedia Award for a major economic interactive project. He received an Edward R. Murrow award for video work on the Great Recession and the Atlanta Press Club Award of Excellence for video and print stories during the Haiti earthquake and trapped Chilean miners saga.
He has degrees in Spanish and English literature from Wabash College, and holds a Master’s degree from Stanford University in Latin American Studies, as well as a certificate in Arabic from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Prengaman is a self-appointed mentor to many young journalists, both within the AP and outside the company, particularly reporters met through Round Earth Media and the Asian American Journalists Association