Bill Rodgers is our South America Correspondent. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he covers events throughout the region, including the guerrilla conflict in Colombia.

This is Bill's second stint overseas for VOA. Between 1993-1997, he was the correspondent for Central America and Mexico - covering major developments during that period such as the Indian rebel uprising in Chiapas, the end of a decades-long guerrilla conflict in Guatemala, and the 1994 U.S. intervention in Haiti.

In 1998, Bill was the first VOA reporter in many years allowed into Cuba, where he covered Pope John Paull II's visit to the island and later returned to report on the 40th anniversary of Cuba's communist revolution.

Bill joined VOA in 1980 and has worked as a newswriter, reporter, and host for a nightly English news program to the Caribbean and Latin America. Before joining VOA, he worked for a New York-based business publication concentrating on Latin American affairs. He holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.