A year ago, many streets in U.S. cities saw an outpouring of people protesting for racial justice. Big business could not longer stay on the sidelines. (Photo: Karina Montoya G.)

“More needs to be done” or “now more than ever”. For the last 12 months, these phrases have been used by spokespeople in the banking sector to refer to a less cheerful reality — that they failed at addressing a problem they could have prevented from growing a long time…

Pedro Castillo on the left, Keiko Fujimori on the right — like in real life. (Photo: Andina)

At 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 6, about 20-something million Peruvians started arriving to different voting centers to elect their new president for the next five years. This was the runoff of an election that started on Apr. …

Seen in New York City, the former COVID-19 epicenter in the U.S. (Credit: Karina Montoya G.)

It is 2020 and some social norms are widely accepted and encouraged to become habits. You get into your car and fasten your seat belt. You don’t smoke indoors or, at best, you don’t smoke at all.

Anyone opposing these rules could come across as reckless, unconsidered and tends to…

Around the end of May, I couldn’t take it anymore.

Before the world fell apart, it was still March, and I was into my sixth month of living in Washington, D.C. Everything was new and exciting. I moved there after spending a year of grad school + internship in New…

As I start writing this post, I try to recall the exact day when I told my mom, who lives many miles away from the United States, in Peru, that “everything is going to be fine. We barely have cases here…” But I can’t tell. It feels like half a…

You either love it or hate it. You either dream of coming here or you don’t.

Welcome to New York City. We also call it Gotham, the City that Never Sleeps, the Big Apple… What a time to be alive, huh?

Times Square looked like this in August of 2018. “Don’t go there unless you really have to,” I was warned by my first roommate, who has lived in the city for five years. (Photo: Karina Montoya G.)

I arrived in the city of the many nicknames…

Venezuela is back on the headlines of pretty much all media, but not for the news we’ve gotten used to see for the last FIVE years: outrageous poverty, a collapsed healthcare system, violence, and the Venezuelan exodus… What we call the destruction of any bearable living conditions for 32 million…

Not the most representative picture of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, but I loved how people seemed so entertained grabbing this fallen Charlie Brown there. (Photo: Karina Montoya G.)

From the diaries of #LivingInNYC and #studentlife on my IG:

When you are not from the U.S., the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is one of those events you have probably only seen on TV or movies. …

Houston Chronicle’s front page on May 25th, 2006 | Tim Johnson/Reuters | theglobalandmail.com

This post is inspired by my first-ever accounting lecture in English. I’ve taken some accounting courses before in Spanish, but this was different: no class I’ve taken before ever mentioned so many real-life cases that made you think, hey, accounting is not as boring as you think: some very smart…

Karina Montoya G.

Journalist. Stops: Lima, NYC, and now D.C.| Columbia Journalism School alumna (2019) | Cares about Latin America, tech disruption, business and finance.

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