"Gabriela Mafort was born in Nova Friburgo, a mountain town of Rio de Janeiro State/Brazil. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro. There, she helped create a community TV channel for the Brazilian ghettos. Mafort began her career as a television producer for “Press Observatory,” the first media watch program of its kind in the country. She was the executive producer of TV Brasil and an economics and political reporter for Jornal do Brasil, before joining TV Globo, where she was a multimedia reporter and editor-in-chief. Working with the design department there, she helped create an infographics database for its web site. She also earned a certificate in Knowledge Management from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and another one from Stanford University, in New Media Skills. Her focus is interactivity with the Internet in reporting, focused on citizen (peer to peer) journalism."