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September 21, 2009
Hoping for interviews with South American leaders

Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, seen in this photo taken in 2006, will be in speaking at an AS/COA Dinner event on September 23rd. Picture by Agencia Brasil.

One of the best aspects of my job as associate producer for Latin American news on Worldfocus is covering Latin American politics.

There are two events I plan to attend next week.  One is a press conference on Wednesday with guest speaker Alvaro Uribe, the president of Colombia.  We were hoping to get him as a guest on our show and to possibly ask him questions regarding the controversy surrounding his decision to give U.S. troops more access to the country’s military bases.  However his schedule will not permit a studio interview, so we’ll try and ask him about the military bases at the press conference.

The other event is a dinner honoring Chile’s first female president, Michelle Bachelet.  Her popularity rate in the country is more than 70 percent right now.  A Worldfocus production team recently went to Chile and did a number of stories on fiscal responsibility in Chile and the country’s copper reserves.  Although we won’t be able to film the event, we’re hoping to get some brief interviews after the event with members of her staff.

– Ivette Feliciano

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