Sam Logan

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professional Experience

Geopolitics, economy, trade, drugs, guns, child soldiers, money laundering, and terrorist financing dictate my travels and have managed to attract Maxim, FHM, and Rolling Stone. As an investigative journalist, I work on stories that dig deep into detail, hopefully revealing the truth while giving voice to the less fortunate. As a StratFor correspondent, I react to subtle changes in the geopolitical fabric of Latin America, and help figure out what's going on. As a travel writer with Rum & Reggae, I look for the hottest nightclubs, the sexiest beaches, the best food, and most comfortable night's rest.


Editor (photo, picture)
2 Years
6 Years
8 Years


War & Conflicts
6 Years
5 Years
8 Years


Book Publishing Consumer
2 Years
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
4 Years
Online/new media
8 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

8 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

International Relations and Security Network (3-5), Author (1-2)

Other Work History

reporter - Business News Americas correspondent - Strategic Forcasting travel writer - Rum & Reggae Guide Books

Technical Skills

photo editing (Adobe), graphic layout (Quark), web design (Adobe)

Foreign Language Skills

Spanish, Portuguese



Computer Skills

MS Small Office Suite; Quark; Photoshop; Ready, Set, Go!


Laptop, digital camera, cell phone, audio recording equipment

Work Permits & Visas

Foreign Correspondent Visa - Brazil


available upon request






Security Watch

Billions spent to combat the drug trade in the Andes has resulted in decreased security and need for better policy.
Regional shifts in gas production and distribution follow in the wake of Bolivia’s political crisis.
South America’s oldest revolutionary movement has lost its moral high ground. It has backtracked on its Marxist-socialist principles and now threatens national and regional security rather than helping Colombia’s poor.
Venezuela’s bulging oil revenues have left the region’s integration in the hands of Hugo Chavez - the only South American leader with a combination of cash and relative political stability to focus on developments beyond his country’s borders - but it is an uncertain future at best.
China’s grand economic entrance into South America has some observers worried about a possible shift in the balance of power in the Western Hemisphere.
In the Uraba region of northwestern Colombia, violence and brutality are the norm, and few have more experience with massacres than those who live in peace communities and humanitarian zones.
Colombia’s paramilitary groups have agreed to dismantle their military arm, but the process is only legitimizing their network of political power and country-wide control of land, as well as the suppression of anyone who threatens their rule.

Security Watch New Briefs

Brazil opened on 15 September the region's first carbon credit market. The Rio de Janeiro stock exchange will serve as a platform for industry in developed countries to offset greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing credit from carbon sequestration projects in Brazil.
The Colombian has relased a top ELN leader on condition that he begins a dialogue to organized an agenda that will be proposed to the Colombian government in the first step towards a cease-fire and peace negotiations.
social tensions caused by a lack of security have erupted over small fluctuations in gas prices.
Bolivian presidential hopeful, Evo Morales, has renewed his push to win votes from Bolivia's center-left. Yet the Bolivian elections still may serve to repeat history.

Americas Policy

In the wake of landmark disarmament legislation, Brazil inaugurated the country's first gun buy-back program. We're not sure if it will work the intended miracle: to reduce violent crime.
Story about the children and youth of organized armed violence in Rio de Janeiro.
Is President Uribe's decision to disarm, demobolize, and reintegrate Colombia's paramilitary forces a case of perserverance and good will or simply crafty political manuevering ahead of a reelection bid and US funding approval? This story peels back the layers, revealing the weakest link: legislation.
China's increased footprint in Latin America is a cause for worry in Washington and a reason to hope for a better future in Latin America. What are the longterm outcomes of China's presence in Latin America?


Viva Rio was the first of many anti-violence NGOs founded in response to the Candelária church and the Vigário Geral slum massacres in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Its mandate: to motivate individuals, businesses, associations, and government officials to construct a more just and democratic society.
A feature-length story on the urban wars that ravage the slums of Brazil's most beautiful city.
There are over 80 million illigal weapons in circulaiton in Brazil. The country's most beautiful city took a step in the right direction when it gathered and destroyed thousands of these weapons, drawing attention to the world-wide problem of the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons.
In Rio, anyone can ask around and find a cheap pistol and a handful of bullets. Clandestine gun dealers sell revolvers for as little as US$ 18. As a result, altercations between motorists, taxi drivers, or other civilians, which might become a shouting match now frequently end in blood shed and often death.
Countering the demands for more populist policies is the sobering reality for most political leaders that South America's reliance on foreign markets and capital requires fiscal conservatism.