Nina Jurna new correspondent Latin America, Marc Bessems back to the Netherlands

Nina Jurna becomes the new NOS correspondent for Latin America. As of March 1, 2022, she will succeed Marc Bessems, who will then return to the Netherlands. Jurna is certainly no stranger to the continent: between 2000 and 2011 she was based in Paramaribo and since then she has been working from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

After her journalism studies at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Nina Jurna started working for the Amsterdam TV channel AT5. She then left for Suriname and became a correspondent for RTL Nieuws and various newspapers.

After moving to Rio de Janeiro, she became Latin America correspondent for NRC Handelsblad in 2015. She also continues to serve in this position for that newspaper. Since 2019, Jurna has been the replacement for Marc Bessems for the NOS in Latin America. Since 2020 she has also covered Suriname for the NOS and she continues to do the latter.

Deep-rooted inequality

“This area is largely made up of young and still shaky democracies where deep-seated inequality plays a major role,” says Jurna, who speaks both Portuguese and Spanish. “There are also major current issues such as deforestation, climate change and – here too – a refugee crisis.”

“This region still fascinates me after all these years. This is a continent with great diversity, it is a melting pot of cultures. There are plenty of stories here that I would like to make for TV, radio and online.”

Nina Jurna, head of the Foreign Office of NOS News, Esther Bootsma, is an experienced and versatile journalist. “She has a great eye for human stories and an extensive network on this dynamic continent full of political and economic contradictions. She is eager to tell those stories. We are very happy to have found such a good successor for Marc Bessems .”