USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Kiratiana Freelon is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After receiving a Masters of Arts in journalism from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York, Freelon moved to Brazil in 2015 where she’s focused her reporting on social justice, Afro-Brazilian communities, transgender women, and the country’s dynamic economic and political landscape. Freelon has worked for the New York Times and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Essence Magazine, New York Magazine, The Root, Ebony, International Journalists Network,, and The Christian Recorder. She started the Binders of International Reporters, an active Facebook group with more than 1000 women international reporters, and managed the English language social media profiles for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Before moving to Brazil, the Harvard University graduate wrote and self-published two books, Kiratiana’s Travel Guide to Black Paris (2010) and Kiratiana’s Travel Guide to Multicultural London (2012). She is currently preparing a travel and culture guide to Afro-Rio for 2020.

Kiratiana Freelon