Before joining the United Nations system in 2002, Ms. Bilello worked for U.S. Foundations and the media.
From 1997 through 2001 she was Director of the Freedom Forum’s Latin American Center in Buenos where she supported press freedom organizations and media development throughout Latin America and the Caribbean through. She also produced a series of documentaries on press freedom in the region.
Prior to joining the Freedom Forum she was the coordinator of the Americas program for the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.
Ms. Bilello has worked for various U.S. media organizations including Newsday and The Dallas Morning News. She was the Dallas Morning News bureau chief in Mexico City from 1983 to 1987, covering Mexico and Central America. During this period she received international and regional journalism awards from the Inter American Press Association and The Headliners Club of Texas for coverage of 1985 Mexico City earthquake.
In 1988 Ms. Bilello received an Alicia Patterson fellow to examine the roots of Mexico’s economic and political crisis.
From 1989 until 1995, she was with Newsday covering immigration and international finance, as well as the 1994 Presidential elections in Mexico and the economic crisis that erupted later that year. She was the recipient of regional and national journalism awards from New York Association of Black Journalists, Society of the Silurians, New York Press Club, New York Publishers Association. She was a member of New York Newsday team that received a 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Spot News reporting.
.Ms. Bilello is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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