Mario Saavedra

News director - digital, CMM: Castilla- La Mancha Media

Biography

Mario Saavedra is currently digital editor-in-chief at CMM (Castilla-La Mancha Media). He runs a newsroom of 15+ people. He is a former foreign correspondent in the US and China. He started his career as a TV journalist for Spanish CNN as their Asia correspondent based in Beijing. He joined Spanish Business TV/Radio Intereconomía in 2011 to become their Bureau Chief in New York. He has contributed at El País, Foreign Policy in Spanish ElConfidencial.com.

Throughout his career he has reported on major news events: he was one of he last Spanish journalist to interview former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, one of the first reporters to reach the China's Sichuan earthquake zone in 2008, and Japan's Tsunami and nuclear crisis in 2011.

He has covered US politics and economy. He graduated in Theoretical Physics and worked as an e-Business consultant before becoming a journalist. He also completed the most prestigious Masters in Journalism in Spain, by El País newspaper.