Michael Tangeman is a former news reporter, editor and foreign correspondent, who wrote widely about social justice issues, politics and finance in Latin America during the 1980s and ’90s.
Mike was inspired to become a journalist in the late 1970s after seeing the documentary film I.F. Stone’s Weekly and attending a talk by Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein at his alma mater, Humboldt State University. After completing journalism coursework as part of a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies at San Diego State University, Mike landed his first job covering the predominantly Latino communities of Southeast L.A. as City Editor of the suburban weekly Huntington Park Bulletin and the Bell Gardens Review.
Doubling up as Staff Writer for the Daily Signal and Southeast-zoned weekend edition of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, his writing earned awards from Hearst Newspapers and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. After a stint as a desk editor at The News Chronicle, an award-winning John P. Scripps daily in Thousand Oaks, he relocated to Mexico City in late-1984, first joining the editorial staff of The Mexico City News.
Mike subsequently reported for the next decade and a half on Mexico, Central and South America. During those years, his work was published in print and wire-service media that included: In These Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and San Diego Union newspapers, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Infrastructure Finance, Institutional Investor and LatinFinance magazines, Market News International, The Guardian, DSA’s Democratic Left, Latinamerica Press/Noticias Aliadas, National Catholic Reporter and diocesan papers in the United States and worldwide, through the Washington, DC-based Catholic News Service.
His byline appeared above stories ranging from violence against student activists and church workers in Central America, to public-private financing of transportation, telecommunications, water and sanitation infrastructure projects region-wide; from currency devaluations, interest-rate policy and foreign direct investment, to earthquakes, political assassinations, drug cartel violence in Mexico, armed rebellion and counter-insurgency campaigns.
In the course of his work, he interviewed sitting and former Presidents, cabinet ministers and diplomats from several Latin American countries; Liberation Theologians, progressive bishops, courageous priests and nuns defending the rights of the poor and oppressed; subsistence farmers, indigenous rights advocates and environmentalists; embattled opposition politicians, labor organizers, pro-democracy activists and more.
Mike returned to journalism after a lengthy hiatus in 2015 and launched ProgressiveSpain.com, an online news and information portal focused on progressive issues, social activism and politics in Spain, where he has lived and worked since 2010.