Simeon_Tegel
I am a British freelance journalist based in Lima, Peru, but regularly roaming across Latin America.

My speciality is environmental stories, from the dwindling population of Andean condors to vanishing mangroves, threatened by rising sea levels, in El Salvador. But I also write about most other topics under the sun, from going undercover in one of South America’s most notorious jails, to political corruption, the drug trade, archaeology and Peru’s penchant for rodent cuisine.

My work has appeared in Vice, The Independent, USA Today, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, GlobalPost and The Guardian, among many others. My writing in Spanish has been published in Spain’s El País newspaper, and I have been interviewed on air by the BBC, NPR and PRI. I am a two-time recipient of grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, for my 2012 series on climate change in Latin America and my 2016 look at counter-narcotics policies in South America.

Originally from London, I previously lived in Mexico City for four years and California’s San Francisco Bay Area for six years before settling in Lima. I am bilingual in English and Spanish and have a MA in Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley.

I climb, mountaineer and surf and there is nothing I love more than getting into the backcountry, whether it is the Amazon, the Andes or a remote Pacific beach.