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Joana Mateus

Lisbon, Portugal



I was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1975 and became a journalist in 1999 after graduating from journalism school at the Catholic University of Portugal.

I then worked as a journalist and editor for a web newspaper, Diario Digital, and for Diario Economico in Portugal, mainly in the arts section but also in the international affairs area.

I left to London in 2002 to take a masters in International Journalism at City University with a Chevening scholarship granted by the British Council. My masters thesis, How To Make a Pop Music Hit, covered all aspects of instant star making in today's music business.

I am now back in Portugal and currently working as a part time staffer at the Associated Press news agency bureau in Lisbon. I also freelance for Diario Economico and Vogue magazine among others.

Interests: Music, cinema, writing, arts, social affairs, international affairs.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Bush's Southern Flank
  • Portugal's Conservative Government Quits
  • Interview with Zero 7
  • Profile: The Uplifting Sadness of the Blue Nile
  • WHO resumes combatting virus in Angola