iOS app Android app

Tracy Lee
A former United Nations Correspondent for Xinhua News Agency, Tracy Lee is currently based in Rio de Janeiro writing a series of human-interest stories. She is from Queens, New York and can be reached at Tracy.Lofgren.Lee(at)

Entries by Tracy Lee

American Finds a Carioca Heart in Rio's Favelas Through Funk Music

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:24 PM

Along the gritty edges of Brazil where the dirt roads spiral up into the hills of Rio de Janiero and ramshackle homes jut out and dot the horizon, 32-year-old California native and funk star Don Blanquito forged his own way...

Read Post

Pope Francis Takes to the Streets of Copacabana

(3) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 5:55 PM

Chanting "Papa Francisco" to the rhythm of bossa nova music, pilgrims from all over the world packed the glitzy Copacabana beachfront in the rain and unusually cold Rio weather Thursday night, to welcome history's first Latin American pope for World Youth Day.

Donning ponchos over matching t-shirts and backpacks for...

Read Post

Q&A With A.J. Walkley, Author of Vuto

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 12:59 PM

I was able to chat recently with A.J. Walkley, my friend and a novelist, right before the launch of her newest book, Vuto. Set against the backdrop of Malawi, Africa, Walkley brings us the fictional account of Vuto, a 17-year-old who defies her entire village after losing her newborn baby....

Read Post

The Walk From Hope to Fear, as Brazilians Take to Rio's Streets for Change

(4) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 3:55 PM

From an outsider's perspective it may have felt that everything happened overnight, but these feelings have been stirring among Brazilians for a while. It was not just about a 20-cent hike in daily bus fares (which was then reversed), but a catalyst to a massive movement that is now riding...

Read Post