He is the editor and columnist writer in Latin America for The Miami Herald; political analyst for CNN in Spanish; host of the television program “Oppenheimer presents” and author of the book “Chinese Stories” and four other best-sellers about political and international economic topics. His weekly column, “The Oppenheimer Report” is regularly published in more than 60 newspapers in the United States and Latin America, including La Nación de Argentina, El Mercurio de Chile, El Comercio de Perú, and Reforma of México. Oppenheimer was co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1987, along with The Miami Herald team that uncovered the Iran-Contras scandal, and was distinguished with the two most prestigious Spanish speaking journalism awards: the Ortega y Gasset prize from the newspaper El País de Madrid in 1993 and the King of Spain Award granted by the EFE Agency and the King of Spain in 2001.
Along with many other awards, he also won the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University in 1998, the Overseas Press Club Awards from the Overseas Press Club in Washington D.C. in 2002 and the Emmy Suncoast Prize from the National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences of the United States in 2005. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he began his studies at the University of Buenos Aires Law School and moved to the United States in 1976 with a grant from the World Press Institute to continue his studies at Macalester College, in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1978 he obtained his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, in New York. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Galileo University in Guatemala.
He was head of the Miami Herald correspondent’s office in Mexico, and in charge of newspaper coverage in Colombia, Panama and several other countries in the region. Before joining The Miami Herald in 1983, he worked for five years at The Associated Press in New York and has collaborated – among other publications – for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, CBS News and the BBC of London. His most recent book, “Chinese Tales, The Washington Deception, the Populist Lie and the Hope of Latin America” is a bestseller in Mexico, Argentina, and several other countries.
The former president of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, described the book as “a mandatory reading” and the president of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, said that “it is a transcendental work, an exciting study that politicians, academics, journalists and other leaders will quote for many years.” His book,” Blindfolded: United States and the business of corruption in Latin America” (South American – Plaza & Janes) won the King of Spain Award for best journalistic research in 2002. His book, “Chronicles of Heroes and Bandits” (Editorial Grijalbo, Mexico), is a collection of chronicles of several Latin American countries in the last two decades and occupied the top place in sales in many countries of the region. His book, “Mexico on the border of chaos” (Editorial Javier Vergara), was selected by The Los Angeles Times among the best books of 1996. This newspaper noted that it is a “mandatory reading” to understand modern Mexico. His book, “Castro’s Final Hour” (Editorial Javier Vergara), was described by Bob Woodward of The Washington Post as “a spectacular work of reporting, research and observation” and by The Dallas Morning News as “the definitive book about Cuba in the last decade”.
Oppenheimer was selected by the Forbes Media Guide as one of the “500 most important journalists” in the United States in 1993 and by the magazine “Poder” as “one of the 100 most powerful figures in Latin America” in 2002. The French newspaper Le Monde said in 2003 that Oppenheimer’s works “set the agenda for the inter-American political debate”.