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Gregory Wilpert

Gregory Wilpert
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Born (1965-06-05) June 5, 1965 (age 54)
Berlin, Germany
Residence
NationalityGerman
Alma materUniversity of California, San Diego
Brandeis University
OccupationSociologist • journalist
Years active2003–present
OrganizationVenezuela Analysis
Spouse(s)Carol Delgado Arria
Websitegregwilpert.net
venezuelanalysis.com

Gregory Wilpert is a German activist and founder of Venezuelanalysis.com, a website supportive of Hugo Chávez's Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.[1] He has been described as "perhaps the most prominent Chavista".[2] He is currently a producer for The Real News Network in Quito, Ecuador.[3]

Education

In 1988, Wilbert graduated from UC-San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. He later graduated with a doctorate in sociology from Brandeis University in 1994.[4]

Career

Venezuelanalysis.com

In 2000, Wilpert moved to Caracas, Venezuela with his recently-married wife who was Venezuelan.[4] Following the 2002 Venezuelan coup d'état attempt, he founded Venezuelanalysis.com in 2003 beside Martin Sanchez, one of the founders of Aporrea.org, a pro-Chavez website, who set up the "technical side" of the English-language site.[1][5] The set up of Venezuelanalysis.com was also aided by the Chávez's government.[6]

In 2008, Wilpert and his wife Carol Delgado moved to New York as Delgado began to serve as Consul General of Venezuela in New York.[3] Wilpert continued to work as the main editor of the website until 2009, though he still serves on its board of directors.[4]

Following the death of Hugo Chávez in March 2013, Wilpert was featured in a Democracy Now! segment beside Eva Golinger, where he praised Chávez's legacy on poverty and participatory democracy, criticised his response to crime and denied that the economic issues facing the country at the time were serious, stating "I mean, people keep mentioning the inflation, ... But as long as incomes rise faster than inflation, it's not really that big a deal. I mean, it's a hassle, it's a problem, but it's not unsustainable."[7]

TeleSUR

In 2014, his wife moved to Quito, Ecuador to serve as the Venezuelan Ambassador to Ecuador.[4] From March 2014 to September 2015, Wilpert then served as the director of English-language programming for TeleSUR, a state-run media company primarily funded by the Venezuelan government.[3]

The Real News Network

Since February 2016, Wilpert has worked as a producer for The Real News Network in Quito, Ecuador.[3][8]

Personal life

In 1997, Wilpert married Carol Delgado Arria, a Bolivarian official who served various roles in Hugo Chávez's government.[3][9]

References

  1. ^ a b "Tackling Institutions One By One: An Interview With Gregory Wilpert". Gregory Wilpert said that Martin Sanchez worked on the "technical side" of setting up Venezuelanalysis. Also available at Znet.
  2. ^ Devereux, Charlie (2 December 2009). "Gregory Wilpert: Chavez defender". Global Post. Archived from the original on 13 November 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ecuador Elections Appear Headed Towards Run-off". The Real News Network. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "About venezuelanalysis.com". Venezuelanalysis.com. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  5. ^ "About venezuelanalysis.com". venezuelanalysis.com. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  6. ^ Rohter, Larry (25 June 2010). "Oliver Stone's Latin America". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Chávez transformó Venezuela, sobrevivió a un golpe apoyado por EEUU, pero deja incertidumbre 2/3". YouTube. Democracy Now. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Gregory Wilpert". The Real News Network. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  9. ^ Wilpert, Gregory (1 July 2010). "New York Times to Oliver Stone". Zcommunications.org. Retrieved 9 May 2012.