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Andrew Downie

Bureau Chief - Brazil

Time Magazine

Andrew Downie was born in Edinburgh but left Scotland to travel in Latin America at the age of 23. During the 1990s he spent seven years living in Mexico City, and two years in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1999 and spent eight years there before relocating to Sao Paulo in 2007.

Over the years he has written for publications as diverse as The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Economist, Esquire, Conde Naste Traveler, Marie Claire, the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and The Scotsman.

Much of his coverage has been about cities and he has visited or written about every capital city in South America, bar Quito. In Brazil, he is particularly interested in the rise, fall and rise again of Rio de Janeiro, as well as the singular dynamism that makes Sao Paulo such a fascinating place to be.

He currently writes about Brazil, and especially issues related to sports and infrastructure, for Reuters, Time magazine and other publications.

He translated the best-selling biography of Garrincha from Portuguese to English in 2004 and in 2006 he won the Embratel prize for Best Foreign Correspondent.

He has done voluntary work in several Rio favelas and currently teaches chess to kids in a Sao Paulo orphanage.