Team leaders

Eduardo Franco Berton


Eduardo Franco Berton is an environmental investigation journalist, photographer and documentary filmmaker. In 2016 he founded, a platform for news on the environment, conservation and environmental science in Bolivia and Latin America, a project of the Blue Foresta Foundation, an NGO he directs. As a freelance journalist he has written for international media such as National GeographicMongabayO Eco, as well as several newspapers and magazines in Bolivia.

He develops investigations on conservation issues, forests, indigenous aspects, environmental crimes and exploitation of natural resources in Latin America, among others. He has been a finalist in the Latin American Investigative Journalism Awards COLPIN, and in the Society of Environmental Journalists Awards.

He is a member of several international journalism associations, including the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) in the USA, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).

Eduardo holds a degree in Law and Social Sciences from the Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a Master’s degree in Climate Change from the Universidad Europea del Atlántico, and postgraduate studies in Literature, Management and Conservation of Natural Areas, and International Environmental Law.

S. Lynne Walker

Project Coordinator

S. Lynne Walker is a Pulitzer Prize finalist who spent much of her career reporting from Mexico, where she served as Mexico City Bureau Chief from 1992 to 2008 for San Diego, Calif.-based Copley News Service.

Lynne was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for “Beardstown: Reflection of a Changing America,” a four-part series on a small Illinois town transformed by immigration. 

She was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2005 for her outstanding coverage of Latin America.

From 2008-2016, Lynne served as vice president of the Institute of the Americas, a nonprofit organization on the University of California, San Diego campus.  There, she established the Institute’s regional journalism program, creating an international network of journalists and raising funds to provide them with scholarships to attend workshops that she organized and directed.

As president and executive director of InquireFirst, which she launched in 2016, Lynne continues to travel to Latin America to work with colleagues on new ways to produce in-depth reporting on science, health and the environment and conduct investigative reporting. She has conducted Spanish-language journalism workshops in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Ecuador.

Lynne also directs several InquireFirst reporting grant projects, including Bajo la Lupa and Historias Sin Fronteras, to support the work of investigative journalists and science, health and environment writers in Latin America. She is the co-founder of En Común: conocimiento en voz viva, a science, health and environment radio program tailored for rural and indigenous communities in Mexico and reported primarily by indigenous journalists.