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William Lawrence Rohter, Jr. (born February 3, 1950), known as Larry Rohter, is an American journalist who was a South American bureau chief (based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) for The New York Times from 1999 to 2007. Previously, he was Caribbean and Latin American correspondent of the Times from 1994 to 1999. He now writes about cultural topics.

William Lawrence Rohter, Jr.
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Larry Rohter at U.S. Embassy Montevideo in 2006.
BornFebruary 3, 1950 (1950-02-03) (age 69)
Oak Park, Illinois, United States
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materGeorgetown University School of Foreign Service, Columbia University
OrganizationThe New York Times; Newsweek
Spouse(s)Clothilde Rohter
AwardsMaria Moors Cabot Prize, Brazilian Embratel Prize



In 1998, Rohter was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize[1] at Columbia University. He was also awarded the Brazilian Embratel prize, as the "Melhor correspondente estrangeiro" (best foreign correspondent).[2]


Rohter is married to Clotilde Rohter. They have 2 children. He lives today in Hoboken, New Jersey".[2]


Rohter published an article titled "Brazilian Leader's Tippling Becomes National Concern", insinuating the Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva had a drinking problem that affected his presidency, citing Mr. da Silva's former running mate Leonel Brizola, among others.[3] The article caused consternation in the Brazilian press.[4][5] Rohter's visa was temporarily revoked (and quickly reinstated) by Brazil's government, an event which overshadowed much criticism of Rohter's reporting.[6][7]


  • Rohter, Larry (2007). Deu no New York Times: o Brasil segundo a ótica de um repórter do jornal mais influente do mundo. Rio de Janeiro, RJ: Objetiva. ISBN 978-8573029277.
  • Rohter, Larry (2012). Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed (1st Palgrave Macmillan pbk. ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230120730.


  1. ^ "Columbia's Cabot Prizes Honor Four Journalists Who Cover Latin America". Columbia University Record. 1998-09-11. pp. 24:2. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  2. ^ a b Rohter, L (2008). Deu no New York Times: o Brasil segundo a ótica de um repórter do jornal mais influente do mundo (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva.Translation by Otacílio al
  3. ^ Rohter, L (2004-05-04). "Brazilian Leader's Tippling Becomes National Concern". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  4. ^ Azêdo, M. (June 2004). "O repórter Larry Rohter fez bom jornalismo?" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Journal of the Brazilian Press Association. p. 18. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  5. ^ Herscovitz, H. (2007). "Lula vs. Larry Rohter: Misconceptions in International Coverage" (pdf). Brazilian Journalism Research. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  6. ^ Reese, D. (2004-07-10). "Un periodista yanqui mete la pata" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  7. ^ Chetwynd, G. (2004-05-13). "Brazil expels New York Times reporter for offensive story". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-05-28.

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