Bernardo Ruiz is the director/producer of the Emmy-nominated Reportero, a gripping look in to the world of Mexican journalists covering organized crime and political corruption. New York Magazine called it “a powerful reminder of how journalism often requires immense amounts of physical and psychological bravery.” It was broadcast on POV (2013) and has screened in 28 countries, including a 12-city tour in Mexico through the itinerant documentary festival, Ambulante. In the U.S., it premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival and screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and many others. In Europe, it premiered at IDFA. Reportero was supported by the Ford Foundation, Sundance, ITVS, Cinereach, Latino Public Braodcasting and the Fledgling Fund.
The film was produced through Quiet Pictures, which Bernardo founded in 2007 in order to produce documentary projects at the intersection of journalism and film. Through Quiet, he wrote, directed and produced American Experience: Roberto Clemente (PBS, 2008), winner of the NCLR ALMA Award for Outstanding Made for Television Documentary. More recently, he served as Series Director and Executive Producer of the two-part bilingual series on the lives of six Latina/o students, The Graduates/ Los Graduados, (Independent Lens, 2013).
Bernardo serves on the council of the Writer’s Guild of America, East, and is currently at work on a feature-length documentary for Participant Media.