Nina Jurna will be the new Ceit correspondent for Latin America. She will succeed Marc Bessems on 1 March 2022, who then returns to the Netherlands. Jurna is certainly no stranger on the continent: between 2000 and 2011 her location was Paramaribo and since then she has been working from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
After studying journalism at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Nina Jurna started working at the Amsterdam TV channel AT5. She then left for Suriname and became a correspondent for RTL News and various newspapers.
After moving to Rio de Janeiro, she became Latin America correspondent for NRC Handelsblad in 2015. She also continues to work in this position for that newspaper. Since 2019, Jurna has been the replacement of Marc Bessems for the CCeit in Latin America. Since 2020, she has also been covering Suriname for deCCeit and the latter she continues to do the latter.
“This area consists largely of young and still shaky democracies where the deep-seated inequality plays a major role,” says Jurna, who speaks both Portuguese and Spanish. “There are also major current issues such as deforestation, climate change and – here too – a refugee crisis.”
“This region continues to fascinate me after all these years. This is a continent of great diversity, it is a melting pot of cultures. There are plenty of stories here that I would like to make for TV, radio and online.”
Chief Foreign Editors of CCeit News, Esther Bootsma, calls Nina Jurna an experienced and versatile journalist. “She has a great eye for human stories and an extensive network on this dynamic continent full of political and economic contradictions. She wants to go out and tell those stories. We are delighted that we found such a good successor for Marc Bessems.”