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Josť Hamilton Ribeiro Cabot Prize Citation

Long after most reporters burn out, Josť Hamilton Ribeiro, now 70, is still out there working. His beat -- the most isolated areas of Brazil and the rampant development that threatens them. To get the story for his viewers at TV Globo, Hamilton Ribeiro has penetrated Brazil's virgin forests -- and their remnants -- in small airplanes, horse carts, canoes and even a hot air balloon. He has become a role model for generations of young Brazilian journalists for the unflagging energy and commitment to journalism he has shown in his 50-year career.

He is a hero to the many viewers of TV Globo for his personal quest to protect pristine and vulnerable areas of Brazil from being despoiled.

Josť Hamilton Ribeiro
Josť Hamilton Ribeiro, special reporter for TV Globo, Brazil

It has been a long and difficult path. On assignment in Vietnam for the Brazilian magazine Realidade, he stepped on a landmine and lost part of his left leg. He returned to Brazil to participate in creating new forms of in-depth reportage for the magazine. When the military dictatorship in Brazil made it impossible to do independent big-city journalism, he moved to the countryside so that he could continue working as a newspaper reporter. Eventually, he moved to television, where he pioneered long-form, documentary-style reports for Globo Rural, a morning show devoted to under-covered issues in Brazil's vast countryside. From describing booming agribusiness, to the challenge of land reform, to the devastation of the Amazon rainforest, Hamilton Ribeiro has created more than 500 stories for Globo Rural in the last two decades. His coverage of the Amazon and the Pantanal regions has awakened viewers to the environmental threat facing Brazil, often moving them to take action to protect the countryside.

Published: Jun 26, 2006
Last modified: Jun 26, 2006