Catherine Osborn is a print and radio journalist based in Rio de Janeiro. She has reported and produced for The World and National Public Radio, and her writing has appeared on the sites Next City and Culinary Backstreets.
Catherine is a native of Austin, Texas, where she was raised without a television and spent lots of time listening to NPR member station KUT, eventually interning in their newsroom. She has a degree in Latin American Studies from Yale.
The firebrand’s clean politics pledge has been disproved out of the gate.
Brazil’s academic research community overwhelmingly predicts new measures will lead to more violence in Brazil — a country with around 43,000 gun deaths per year. But in the Bolsonaro era, their arguments are losing to a political bloc that is resolutely opposed to empirical research and that takes many of its cues from pro-gun campaigners in the United States.
The Christmas dinner menu in Brazil is just as shaped by history and politics as everything else.
In addition to sparking public violence, political divisions have cut deeply into the private lives of Brazilian families. One week after Brazil voted in the far-right Jair Bolsonaro as their next president, reporter Catherine Osborn met up with a 35-year-old banker from Rio de Janeiro named Raquel to speak about how the election had affected her relationships.
Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro's hardline positions speak to working-class voters who say they feel the left has abandoned them.