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Javier Lizarzaburu: Biography
Javier Lizarzaburu
Javier is one of the voices of the BBC in Latin America

Javier is a Peruvian journalist who has been living and working in Britain since 1987.

His work for the Latin American section of the World Service, has taken him to many locations in that part of the world, and has given him the opportunity to see first-hand some of the changes happening in Latin America in the last 15 years.

He began his career as a TV assistant producer and print journalist in Lima, deciding then to come to Britain to further his media training and studies.

Javier is now one of the voices of the BBC in Latin America and most recently he spent four years in the United States as Washington correspondent.

While in the US, Javier was quite taken by the constant stories in the press about Mexican migrants who die at the border while trying to make it into the US.

The series he produced - Cruces/Crossings - where he explores and denounces this reality, won him several journalistic awards.

Most recently, the Latin American section of the BBC joined efforts with their English counterparts in the World Service to produce a landmark series on US-Latin American relations: Living Beneath the USA which Javier presented, and was broadcast to BBC audiences in English and Spanish.

Javier is now back in Bush House where he is editor and presenter of Enfoque, a news analysis programme that he conceived a few years ago.

Its main interest is to look behind the news and find additional angles that will help people understand the wider reality of the story.

It all seems very distant from those early years, when his first memories associated with radio are the nights he used to spend sitting on his grandmother's lap listening to her favourite news broadcast in Lima.

"We had a big, stately old radio with green dials and lots of push buttons, and if she were alive I am sure she would be excited to see all the equipment we use now to produce radio".

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