Brian Winter is an author and the chief correspondent for Reuters in Brazil, based in São Paulo. During a decade living in Latin America, he has covered popular revolts, the destruction of the Amazon and countless economic booms and busts. He has written or co-written four books, including two about Brazil: Why Soccer Matters, which he wrote with the famous soccer star Pelé, and The Accidental President of Brazil, a collaboration with Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who governed the country from 1995 to 2003. Winter began his career in 2000 covering Argentina’s epic economic and political collapse, which included five different presidents in a span of two weeks. He has also lived in Mexico, and was a senior editor for USA Today in Washington, D.C.. Since moving to Brazil in 2010, he has become perhaps the leading authority on President Dilma Rousseff, closely following her government’s economic and social policies. He is a popular presenter to visiting foreign investors, focusing on how dramatically Brazil changed over the last hundred years, and where it may be headed in the next century.
The Financial Times called Winter’s book with President Cardoso “a persuasive and accessible account of Brazil’s recent 20th century history… It reads like a thriller.” He also co-wrote a best-selling memoir with Álvaro Uribe Vélez, president of Colombia from 2002-10. Winter’s travel memoir about Argentina, Long After Midnight at the Niño Bien, received widespread critical acclaim and was described by The Telegraph (U.K.) as “a moving and often hilarious book about a young man’s search for passion and a more engaging life.”