Carlos Fernando Chamorro is a Nicaraguan journalist, founder and director of Confidencial and the television programs Esta Semana and Esta Noche, since 1995. Confidencial combines investigative journalism and analyses of current affairs. It was called by the US magazine The Nation as “the most respected muckraking operation in the country.”
He was director of the newspaper Barricada, between 1980 and 1994. Between1995 and 2018, he was president of the Communication Research Center (CINCO), an NGO dedicated to conducting research on the media, public opinion, political culture, democracy and citizen participation.
Chamorro has been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a visiting professor at the Master of Journalism at the University of Berkeley, California. In 2009, he received the Prize for freedom of expression in Ibero-America, awarded by Casa América Cataluña (Spain), in 2010 he received the María Moors Cabot Award from the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York and the Ortega y Gasset Award in 2021. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Gabo Foundation.
His newsroom has been confiscated and occupied twice by the Police, without a court order, in December 2018 and in May 2021. Since June 2021, he has been in exile in Costa Rica, from where he runs www.confidencial.digital.