About the Author

Shannon Sims is an independent journalist whose work covering Brazil and the Olympics is regularly featured in Forbes, Jezebel, Quartz, and USA Today. She holds a degree in international politics and a law degree with a specialization in international law. She was ICWA's former Forest and Society Fellow in Brazil.

In Turbulent Times, One Source Keeps Brazil Laughing

Forbes – Past ICWA Fellow Shannon Sims reports on Sensacionalista, a Brazilian satirical paper that could be compared to The Onion.  According to Sims, the political and economic situation in Brazil is tough and “as the political scandals multiply and surpass anything seen in a House of Cards script, Brazilians are sharing Sensacionalista’s

The Mysterious Case Of The Shrinking Brazilian Easter Egg

Forbes – In her latest article, past Fellow Shannon Sims examines Brazil’s incredibly popular chocolate Easter eggs in a new context; economics. A recent economic crash has caused the value of one Brazilian real to shrink from 50 U.S. cents to 25 cents and in conjunction the average size of a Brazilian chocolate Easter egg has shrunk

The Flight of Brazil’s Expats

OZY – In a new piece, Shannon Sims explains how the recent economic downturn in Brazil is causing many expats to pack up and leave the country. Brazil has entered a recession and foreign investments and job opportunities for foreigners, which were once plentiful, have decreased dramatically. Read the full article here for more of Sims’ reporting

Why Brazil Is Mixing Mother Nature and the King Dollar

OZY – Some of Brazil’s national parks are coming under new management – that of private companies. In her latest piece, Shannon Sims investigates this trend, which has been brought on in part by the lack of resources of local governments. In the privately managed parks, infrastructure and maintenance have improved, but these changes

Artur Ávila, Brazil’s Shining Math Star

OZY – In her latest piece, past Fellow Shannon Sims profiles Artur Ávila, the first Latin American winner of the the world’s most prestigious mathematics prize, the Fields Medal. Ávila’s milestone is groundbreaking because of the poor state of mathematics education in his home country of Brazil. Yet the story has not received