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Jen Ross

Quick bio:

I'm a Chilean-Canadian freelance foreign correspondent based in Santiago, Chile.
I work in print, Web, radio and television journalism -- in English, Spanish or French.
I speak six languages, have two Master's degrees, and have a variety of work experience in various media.

*PLEASE NOTE:* I am currently working for the United Nations and, as a result, I am unavailable to take on new freelance assignments.

Print articles:

No Wonder... but wonderful Easter Island still attracts more tourists than it can handle

The Ottawa Citizen October 18, 2008
Scattered around the shores of this tiny Polynesian island, many of the more than 900 male-shaped stone monoliths, called moai, can be found face-down rather than gazing calmly from an upright position as in the iconic image of the Easter Island statues. "They were thrown down," explains local tour guide Cristian Reyes, pointing at the backs of five toppled statues.
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Easter Island stone heads are 'dying': Gigantic statues will vanish without preservation effort

The San Francisco Chronicle December 6, 2007
Sloping slightly sideways on the grassy hills beneath the Ranu Raraku volcano, a giant stone head known as a moai shows the wear and tear of time on this triangular 64-square-mile island. On the right side of the oblong rectangular face with male features, the rock is lighter in color and its long, carefully sculpted ear and nostril are clearly visible. But on the statue's left side, the sun and wind have eroded the nose, lip and ear.
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Young Chilean keeps nearly extinct languages alive

The San Francisco Chronicle August 12, 2007
While most 16-year-old boys are busy playing video games or worrying about girls, Joubert Yanten spends most of his spare time reading dictionaries and singing tribal songs.
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"Chilean players offer new take on scuffle," The Globe & Mail. July 31, 2007.

"Canadian police 'reacted like animals,' angry Chileans say," The Globe & Mail, July 21, 2007.

"A series of tremors in Patagonia sparks fear, anxiety," The Miami Herald. July 12, 2007.

"Lure of being a wonder masks risk of repeating dire errors from past," The New Zealand Herald. July 9, 2007.

"Chain Reaction: The Stellar Rise of Hotel Chains in Chile," Trip Chile Magazine. July-September 2007.

"South American Prodigy: The voice of spirits past," The Toronto Star, June 9, 2007.

"Aruba: C'mon in, under the water's fine," The Miami Herald. February 25, 2007.

"Chile Kick-Starts Debate on Gender Quotas," Women's E-News. February 16, 2007.

"Venetian history surfaces in basic black," The Australian. January 13, 2007.

"Thousands pay last respects to Pinochet," The Independent. December 12, 2006.

"Controversial legacy of former Chilean dictator," Christian Science Monitor. December 12, 2006.

"Chileans celebrate death of reviled dictator Pinochet," Globe & Mail. December 11, 2006.

"Crowds take to streets to celebrate Pinochet's demise," The Independent. December 11, 2006.

"Ski resorts give Chile a lift in quest to lure travel dollars," Globe & Mail. November 24, 2006.

"World's wineries develop a nose for Chile," The Globe & Mail October 20, 2006.

"Madurodam: A model city," Dallas Morning News. October 15, 2006.

"Goodbye garish gondolas: tradition wins over business," National Post. October 14, 2006.

"Surprising & spectacular: Why more people are going to the end of the Earth to hike," Ottawa Citizen. October 7, 2006.

"Caribbean conundrum: Arubans defend their native tongue," The New Internationalist. October 2006.

"Selling on Chile’s mean streets," Globe & Mail. September 29, 2006.

"Brazil's 'good leftist' poised for election repeat," Globe & Mail. September 26, 2006.

"In Chile, free morning-after pills to teens," Christian Science Monitor. September 12, 2006.

"Brazil makes headway in bid for 'Zero Hunger'," Christian Science Monitor. September 11, 2006.

"Island Fever," Latin Trade. August 2006.

"Circus makes performers out of troubled youth," Globe & Mail. June 16, 2006.

"How Chile's growth skipped its schools," Christian Science Monitor. June 14, 2006.

"Alarm bells ring in tourist paradise," Toronto Star. June 10, 2006.

"Circus arts lift Chile's troubled youths," Christian Science Monitor. June 7, 2006.

"Immigration situation sounds eerily familiar," Miami Herald. May 28, 2006.

"Care for every child," Toronto StarMay 27, 2006.

"Peru Campaign Quiet on Reproductive Issues,"Women's E-News. May 22, 2006.

"Peruvian voters to pick between bad and worse," The New Zealand Herald. May 6, 2006.

"Chile's Bachelet Promises Pension Payday for Women," Women's E-News. March 10, 2006.

"Bachelet Era Begins with Change,"Christian Science Monitor. A1. February 1, 2006.

"Chilean Women Celebrate Signs of Rapid Change,"Women's E-News. January 19, 2006.

"Chileans prepare to welcome first female president," The Independent. January 16, 2006.

"Beavers too eager for their own good," Miami Herald. December 22, 2005.

"Chileans set to elect a woman," Christian Science Monitor. December 9, 2005.

"Fujimori rolls dice on comeback in Peru," The Globe & Mail. November 8, 2005.

"In traditional Chile, meet the soldiers with pearl earrings," Christian Science Monitor. A1. November 7, 2005.

"Sewage plant in Chile combats disease," Toronto Star November 5, 2005.

"Mountain of money," Latin Trade. November 2005.

"Venezuela Will Retry Teen's Accused Torturer," Women's E-News. October 7, 2005.

"Chile passes progressive domestic abuse law," The Globe & Mail. September 30, 2005.

"Birdsong Regained: Paraguayan government bends to farmers' demands," New Internationalist Magazine. September 2005.

"Brazil’s disappearing jungle," Toronto Star August 6, 2005.

"Chile's New Sex-Harassment Law Takes Off," Women’s E-News. June 30, 2005.

"Brazil tries to stem tide of sex slavery," Women’s E-News. June 19, 2005.

"Moving heaven, earth - and glaciers," Toronto Star June 4, 2005.

"Brazil begins talking openly about abortion,"Women’s E-News. May 15, 2005.
Brazil is moving to address the problem of illegal abortion, the country's fourth leading cause of maternal death. In March the government eased abortions for rape victims and in April it formed a committee to review all its abortion policies. This article was among a series of five stories printed in Women's E-News, which jointly won the 2006 Rosa Cisneros Memorial Award in Journalism.

"Women in Chile Look Toward Rome with Apprehension," Women’s E-News. April 15, 2005.

"Regime's top officials face torture charges," Washington Times. April 5, 2005.

"Chile's Politicians Battle Over Emergency Contraception," Women's E-News. April 1, 2005.

"In Britain and Chile, lessons for revamping social security," Christian Science Monitor. March 14, 2005.

"President of Bolivia tenders resignation," Globe & Mail. March 8, 2005.

"Falling water, rising hopes," Toronto Star. March 5, 2005.

"Chile wants to pull Asia - all of it - into a growing global trade orbit," Latin Trade. March 2005.

"Chilean Women Chalk Up Income Gains," Women's E-News. February 20, 2005.

"Hip Hop goes Home," Ottawa Citizen. February 19, 2005.

"Human rights victories stir resentment," Washington Times. February 8, 2005.

"VALLE DEL ELQUI: Magical Mystery Tour," IN-LAN. February 2005.

"Paying the price for growth," Toronto Star. January 8, 2005.

"Pinochet ruled fit for trial," Globe & Mail. January 5, 2005.

"OPEN HOUSE: A Canadian company sees Latin America as a springboard for its assembly-line homes,"Latin Trade Magazine. January 2005.

"Legal Momentum Gathers in Chile Against Pinochet," Washington Post. December 25, 2004.

"Chilean Women Celebrate Gaining Right to Divorce," Women’s E-News. December 3, 2004.

"Chilean torture was policy, Lagos says," Globe & Mail. November 30, 2004.

"Pinochet torture victims angry at pension," The Independent. November 30, 2004.

"Illegal abortions rampant in Latin America," Women's E-News. November 28, 2004.

"Chile passes law to allow divorce for the first time," The Independent. November 28, 2004.

"Chilean court slaps down notion of amnesty," Globe & Mail. November 19, 2004.

"Critical Mass on a roll in Chile: 'Raging Cyclists' inspired by S.F.'s biking movement," San Francisco Chronicle. November 14, 2004.

"TransAlta first to trade emission credits," Toronto Star. October 22, 2004.

"Rights groups back Chile's tribal 'terrorists'," The Independent and The Belfast Telegraph October 21, 2004.

"Bikers pedal for cleaner air," Toronto Star. October 9, 2004.

"Pinochet faces fraud charges over secret £4.4m accounts," The Independent. October 1, 2004.

"Latin 'untouchables' face heat," Christian Science Monitor. September 16, 2004.

"Noose tightens on Pinochet," New Zealand Herald. September 11, 2004.

"Latin America: Does It Exist?" Hispanic Magazine. August 2004.

"Poor paper pickers of Chile," Toronto Star. July 31, 2004.

"Fallo canadiense: Gays pueden casarse pero no divorciarse," El Mercurio. 28 de julio de 2004.

"In Chile, Hope Is Reborn in 30-Year Quest for Justice,"Washington Post. July 18, 2004.

"Picking a tutti-frutti tree," Washington Times. June 14, 2004.

"Chilean military puts on a new face," Washington Times. June 1, 2004.

"Money that grows on crops," Christian Science Monitor. April 15, 2004.

"Canadian companies anxiously await a decision on new mining fees in Chile," Canadian Business. April 11, 2004.

"Countdown to freedom," The Guardian. March 22, 2004.

"Chile defies church and legalises divorce," The Guardian. March 12, 2004.

"Latin America eyes defense pact," The Washington Times. February 10, 2004.

"Bolivia hopes to float its bid for sea access," The Globe & Mail. January 12, 2004.

"Chile tackles child-sex trade,"Christian Science Monitor. January 13, 2004.

"Chile awakens to child prostitution after scandal: One organization finds 65,000 online pedophile networks," The San Francisco Chronicle. November 24, 2003.

"Ley admite matrimonio homosexual," El Mercurio. 18 de julio de 2003.

"The mechanical artistas of Cuba," The Globe and Mail. November 18, 2000.

Safe raving, The Montreal Gazette. February 27, 2000.