Debora Souza Silva

Débora Souza Silva is a journalist whose work is founded upon examining systemic racism and inequality, while also highlighting the resilience of impacted communities. She started her career as an on-air television reporter and producer in her home country of Brazil, covering stories about race and social inequality. In 2014, Silva graduated with a Masters Degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley; she has since collaborated with several news outlets including PBS, Reveal News, KQED, AJ+, Fusion, OZY, and BBC.

In 2015, Silva served as an Associate Producer for the Emmy nominated PBS documentary “Rape on the Night Shift” – an investigation into the sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry. In 2016, Silva was awarded a fellowship with the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she produced a series of short documentaries focused on immigration and social justice. She is a recipient of the 2018 Gracie Award for the four-part documentary series "The Aftermath." She is also a recipient of the 2018 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, the Glassbreaker Films grant as well as the Investigative Reporting Program fellowship, which are supporting the development of her current feature film project, Black Mothers.


Black Mothers

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