Paola Prado, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Communication Department at Roger Williams University teaches Journalism and digital media production. Her research focuses on digital inclusion and the adoption of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) and social change in Latin America. She is the co-creator of the Community Communicators journalism and multimedia workshop program, which trains community reporters in under-privileged rural areas in Colombia and the Dominican Republic. She is the author of journal articles and book chapters on topics related to digital inclusion, media diversity, and the impact of the Internet on gender roles in Latin America.
A pioneer in online media, Prado directed content for the Latin American and U.S. Latino arm of RealNetworks and led U.S. operations for the Latino community portal El Sitio. Prado began her professional career at the Reuters television news agency, where she produced and licensed world news coverage for television broadcast. She went on to head affiliate relations for the pan regional cable news network CBS TeleNoticias and later, for the Weather Channel Latin America.
Prado holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Miami, a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Cinema from Denison University. She is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.