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                                                Brian F. Byrnes
                                                (305) 433-0190
                                           brian@brianbyrnes.com

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Communications professional with proven ability to identify, analyze and present ideas, news and trends to audiences worldwide. 12 years experience in Latin America as a foreign correspondent and corporate communications consultant.

Since 2013 I have owned and operated Agency Byrnes Communications, providing media outreach and public relations strategy services to global clients from my base in Miami.   

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Journalism:

Experienced bilingual foreign correspondent based in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2001 to 2013, covering politics, business, technology, environment, natural disasters, culture, entertainment, sports, food, wine and travel for the world s most recognized media outlets.

Communications and Media Training:

Increases brand awareness and revenue by providing communications strategy for C-suite executives and PR managers

Conveys complex messages as polished on-camera presenter and public speaker

Television and Radio Production:

Provides vital information and insight into global news events by producing reports for international broadcast networks; successfully utilizes social media to facilitate discussion and drive debate

Ensures timely coverage during "breaking news" by conducting live, on-camera reports while simultaneously managing production logistics under deadline pressure and often-dangerous conditions

Experience covering earthquakes, volcanoes, droughts, flooding, looting and riots

Knowledgeable about all aspects of television production (scouting, casting, shooting, editing, scripting)

Provides on-air voiceover talent for feature films, corporate videos, and TV/radio commercials

Latin American Affairs and Emerging Market Trends:

Highly knowledgeable about political, economic, and cultural happenings in Latin America, as well as China’s expanding influence in the region

Fluent in Spanish, with expertise in written and oral translation

Co-author of Fodor’s Argentina and Fodor s Buenos Aires travel guides; frequently-quoted Latin America travel expert

Academia, Lectures and Debates:

Developed academic curriculum and taught classes in Reporting, Writing, and Broadcasting to communications professionals from more than a dozen countries at top corporate university

Presented lectures on Argentine history and contemporary politics to trade organizations and tourist groups

Moderated PhRMA panel debate on healthcare and pharmaceutical initiatives in Latin America

Featured author and speaker at the Buenos Aires Book Fair -- the largest in the Spanish-speaking world -- at the invitation of the U.S. State Dept.

Entrepreneurial Success:

Entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen drove sustained 12-year growth of proprietary news and communications consulting business amidst volatile financial conditions in emerging markets region

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY                                                                                  

Agency Byrnes Communications, Founder            2013 - present

Provide media outreach, public relations and communications strategy services to clients across an array of industries in the U.S. and Latin America

CCTV America, Correspondent/Producer                                  2012 - 2013

Responsible for South America coverage for CCTV America, the English-language news network operated by China Central Television (CCTV), the world s largest television broadcaster

Determined editorial direction with editors and producers in Washington and Beijing

CNN, Correspondent/Producer                                                   2007 - 2012

Significantly increased CNN s coverage of South America by providing live, packaged, breaking news, and online reports from throughout the continent

Produced English and Spanish-language content for CNN International, CNN/U.S., CNN en Español, CNN Newsource, and CNN.com

Served as both on-camera correspondent and field producer on all CNN assignments

Drove ratings success as first CNN correspondent to arrive in Chile following a massive 8.8 earthquake in February 2010; provided exclusive, around-the-clock live coverage for 72 consecutive hours

Reporting highlights included examining Argentina s endless economic volatility, Bolivia s burgeoning lithium industry, transit solutions in Brazil, and World Cup madness in Uruguay

Member of CNN Worldwide team awarded the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists’ Public Service Television Award for the “CNN Freedom Project” to end modern-day slavery

Field producer for four-part documentary series "Because I m a Girl," winner of a 2012 Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation

Tierra Productions, Exec. Producer/Co-founder                      2005 - 2011

Responsible for operations of full-service production company providing locating scouting, editorial consulting, and camera, light, sound and transportation crews to international television/film productions visiting Latin America. 

Clients included PBS ("Worldfocus"), CBC News, BBC News, FOX News, Reason Pictures and CNN International ("CNN GO")

Served as Host, Producer and Writer of pilot episode of "Adventures in the Other America," a half-hour travel show

 

Contributing Correspondent:                                                    2001 - 2013

Newsweek: Authored 30+ articles for famed news magazine on varied topics such as Latino immigration trends, Pablo Escobar’s legacy, Argentina’s Oscar-winning film, Malbec wine and luxury hotels

NPR: Produced radio reports for NPR’s award-winning "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered” on developments in Argentina s "Dirty War" trials, anti-Semitic terrorist bombing investigations, bloody anti-U.S. street protests, the "Lemongate" scandal, Grammy-nominated musician Kevin Johansen and more

The Hollywood Reporter: Reported on Latin American entertainment industry, breaking stories on movie, television and music deals. Interviewed Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, French screen legend Catherine Deneuve, reality TV pioneer Mark Burnett, among others

Miscellaneous: Work has also been aired and published by ABC Australia, ArtInfo, The Buenos Aires Herald, CBC Canada, CBS News, Christian Science Monitor, Executive Travel, ForbesLife, “Marketplace,” The Miami Herald, The Times (UK), The Washington Post & BBC’s “The World”

American Venture Television (AVTV) (2006-2008): Host of world’s first online news show covering venture capital investment deals; viewed globally by CEOs, VCs and entrepreneurs

"Mixology in Argentina:" Completed the Spanish-to-English translation of Rodolfo Reich s book about cocktail culture; work was nominated in the "Best Translation" category at the 2008 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris

WCAX-TV/Channel 3 News, Burlington, Vermont, USA

Reporter/Producer                                                                            1998-2000

Reported live and packaged daily news stories, and produced three-hour morning news show for award-winning CBS News affiliate

Journalism Internships                   

CBS News, National Desk ("CBS Evening News with Dan Rather,” "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes") New York, New York, USA                                           1998

The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, USA                                        1996

EDUCATION                                                                                                              

University of Vermont, Bachelor of Arts degree, English                      1998

          

 
 
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