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Caro Rolando is a freelance journalist and a graduate of Ryerson University’s Master of Journalism program. She is currently employed as a Section Editor for IFEX, where she edits, translates and writes articles concerning freedom of expression issues around the world.

Caro was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of four, where she grew up in the eclectic Commercial Drive area.

Fascinated by cultural nuances from a young age, Caro began jotting down what seemed mundane to many, her pen devouring tens of Garfield-themed notebooks throughout her childhood. The happy-go-lucky nature of Caro’s musings took on a more sociological turn in her early teens, when she began questioning the societal differences between Venezuela—where she spent the entirety of her summers— and Canada.

The cultural, racial and class disparities Caro perceived between Caracas and Vancouver prompted her to complete an undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of British Columbia. Caro’s academic background became especially salient when studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, where she contributed to The Santiago Times, an English-language daily.

Her sociological lens also served as a backdrop for her experiences in Guadeloupe, the French West Indies, where she taught English and maintained a travel blog. In 2011, Caro was an intern reporter for Pacifica Radio, KPFK in Los Angeles. She also interned for the Digital Media department at KPCC, Southern California Public Radio.

From 2011-2012, Caro worked for the New Internationalist Magazine, where she wrote monthly event listings and campaign summaries. She has also contributed headlines to Free Speech Radio News.

Caro’s most recent radio documentary, “Living in Two Worlds,” was featured on CBC’s Spark in May 2013.  The piece explores the concepts of home, culture, identity and social media. In her spare time, Caro likes to cook, watch foreign films, and eavesdrop on coffee shop conversations.

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