Nina Grna became the NOS correspondent for Latin America. She will succeed Mark Besims from 1 March 2022, who will then return to the Netherlands. Guerna is certainly no stranger to the continent: between 2000 and 2011 she resided in Paramaribo and since then has been working from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
After studying journalism at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Nina Jurna started working for the Amsterdam TV channel AT5. Then she left for Suriname and became a reporter for RTL Nieuws and several newspapers.
After moving to Rio de Janeiro, she became the Latin American correspondent for NRC Handelsblad in 2015. She also continues to work in this position for that newspaper. Since 2019, Jurna has been a replacement for Mark Besims for NOS in Latin America. Since 2020, she has also covered Suriname for NOS and continues to do the latter.
“This region is largely made up of young and still shaky democracies where deep-rooted inequality plays a major role,” says Gorna, who speaks both Portuguese and Spanish. “There are also major current issues such as deforestation, climate change and – here too – a refugee crisis.”
“This region still fascinates me after all these years. It’s a continent of great diversity, it’s a melting pot of cultures. There are so many stories here that I’d like to make for TV, radio and internet.”
Nina Journa, Head of State for NOS News, Esther Botsma, is an experienced and versatile journalist. “She has a great eye for human stories and a wide network on this dynamic continent full of political and economic contradictions. She is eager to go out and tell those stories. We are so glad we found such a good successor to Mark Besims.”
“Unable to type with boxing gloves on. Freelance organizer. Avid analyst. Friendly troublemaker. Bacon junkie.”