Former Sterling College student Fabricio Silva has won the prestigious Brazilian International Press Award for the second time, being named as the Best Print Reporter of the Year for 2009. "Winning once is great, winning twice is even greater," said Silva. "I'm overly excited with this recognition and want to use this prize to strengthen my alliance with a free and independent journalism." The Brazilian International Press Award was established in 1997 to recognize outstanding media work reporting on Brazilians abroad.
Silva writes for the Brasilians Newspaper, a monthly, bilingual publication that has reported on the Brazilian community in the U.S. for the last 38 years. With a readership of over 70,000, the paper has its headquarters in Manhattan. The Brazilian Agency of the International Press (ABI-Inter) nominated Silva for the Award for various stories he wrote for the Brasilians Newspaper last year. The vote took place on March 25, 2010, at the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.
Silva received the Best Report of the Year 2008 at last year's ceremonies for his story "The Brazilian Diaspora in the U.S.," also published by the Brasilians Newspaper.