Karla Mendes is an award-winning Brazilian journalist working as a Rio de Janeiro-based contributor editor for Mongabay.
She has been working as a correspondent for international outlets since 2015, and in the last two years she specialized in covering environmental, land, and property rights issues. She worked as a land and property rights correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation from August 2017 to December 2018.
In 2020, Mendes won the top award in the Outstanding Explanatory Reporting category in the Society of Environmental Journalists' (SEJ) 19th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment. She won for a project with Max Baring published by Thomson Reuters Foundation, Fears over Rising Violence in Amazon as ‘Forest Guardians’ Battle Logging.
The documentary film was also awarded by the Colorado Environmental Film Festival in 2020 and received an honorable mention at the Naples Human Rights Film Festival in 2019.
Prior to that, Mendes was a business reporter for over 10 years in Rio, Madrid, Brasília, and Belo Horizonte, including with newspapers O Globo, O Estado de S. Paulo, Expansión, and news agency S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Mendes has a master's degree in investigative and data journalism from the University of King's College, Canada, and an MBA in finance from São Paulo's Fundação Instituto de Administração. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.