Jens Erik Gould

Jens Erik Gould has been a correspondent at Bloomberg News, covering Mexico’s economy and drug war. He has also reported for TIME Magazine from Los Angeles and from Caracas, Venezuela for The New York Times, National Public Radio and Platts. The beats Jens Gould has covered have ranged from politics to the economy, from sports to music. He has reported from Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Vietnam, Honduras, the U.S. and other countries. He was also editor in chief of The Knife Media.

Originally from Los Angeles, Jens Erik Gould is also creator, producer and host of the documentary series Bravery Tapes, which tells stories of human struggle and courage. He graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan, has earned a Fulbright scholarship and has received two Pulitzer Center grants for reporting.

United States of America

Portfolio

GOOD Magazine

How Questioning My Role in Journalism Led Me to Bravery Tapes

While these subjects' courage is immediately apparent, I've come to realize as I produce these Tapes that bravery is actually all around us in everyday life. It's in our...

NationSwell

This Inmate Has Become a Diving Expert in Prison. Here's Why That's Good for America

On a hot September day in Southern California, a convicted felon clad in a heavy helmet and scuba gear dives to the bottom of a deep-water tank. He spends several minutes down...

Bravery Tapes

A Woman in a Man's World

Bravery Tapes

Bravery Amid Mexico's Drug Violence

New York Times

Nytimes

Plan for South American Pipeline Has Ambitions Beyond Gas

And these days, he is dangling Venezuela's significant reserves as an incentive as he asks his neighbors for a long-term natural gas commitment.

Nytimes

Venezuela Conquers Caribbean and Eyes Its Classic Moment

Venezuelan players will have a chance to prove they are on par with the Dominicans when the two teams meet in the first round of the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday in...

Nytimes

With Oil's Cash, Venezuelans Consume

Michael Gavin, chief Latin American economist at UBS Warburg in Stamford, Conn., said, "They're hollowing out the economy and setting Venezuela up for a real setback if oil...

Nytimes

Chávez Proposals Would Make Finances Opaque

Opinion polls released in the last week have found Mr. Chávez's proposals tied or trailing the opposition position among likely voters, after months of polls showing it likely...

Nytimes

Venezuela banks profit under Chávez

Still, the banks may be thriving too much for the government's liking. Chávez warned last month that the state could take over the sector if it did not offer low-cost financing...

Nytimes

Where Cars Are King and Gasoline Costs a Mere 12 Cents a Gallon

Cars, then, are often the purchase of choice and, because of that, they do not depreciate here as they do in the United States and in Latin America's other big car markets....

Nytimes

Venezuela Disavows 1980s-Era Bonds

There are signs that Venezuela has taken the case seriously. Its chief lawyer in the case, Esther Bigott de Loaiza, has close ties to top government officials. But she was...

Nytimes

In Venezuela, petrodollars breed opacity

Chávez seeks to strip the central bank formally of its autonomy, giving him the power to dictate monetary policy and the spending of excess foreign reserves. Another measure...

MISC

New Internationalist

Too late for Martha

*Jens Erik Gould* reports on a tragedy that helped change the law on abortion in Colombia. Martha Solay spent Mother's Day in pain, knowing her life would soon be over. As her...

the Guardian

Riverside fears higher bills with bonds the villain in fiscal cliff stalemate

It isn't easy for Juan Venegas to support his wife and three children with the money he earns installing fiberglass at a construction company in Riverside, California. He's...