Débora Souza Silva is a journalist whose work is founded upon examining systemic racism and inequality, while also highlighting the resilience of impacted communities. She started her career as an on-air television reporter and producer in her home country of Brazil, covering stories about race and social inequality.
In 2014, Silva graduated with a Masters Degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley; she has since collaborated with several news outlets including PBS, KQED, AJ+, Fusion and BBC. In 2015, Silva served as an Associate Producer for the Emmy nominated PBS documentary “Rape on the Night Shift” – an investigation into the sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry.
In 2016, Silva was awarded a fellowship with the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she produced a series of short films focused on immigration and social justice. She is a recipient of the 2018 Gracie Award for the four-part documentary series "The Aftermath." She is also a recipient of the 2018 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, the Glassbreaker Films grant, the Investigative Reporting Program 2018 fellowship, a 2019 Tribeca Film Institute All Access grant, is a member of the 2018/2019 Firelight Media Lab, and a 2019 resident at SFFILM.
She is currently producing and directing her debut feature-length film “Black Mothers,” which follows the journeys of two women whose children’s lives have been impacted by police violence.
2018 Fellow with The Investigative Reporting Program.
2018 Gracie Award for Original Online Programming - Video Series “The Aftermath."
2018 Garrett Scott Fellowship (Full Frame Festival).
2017 Fellow with The Center for Investigative Reporting.
2016 Recipient of the IWMF Adelante Colombia Fellowship (International Women Media Foundation).
2016 Recipient of "Best Short Documentary" at the Silicon Valley Film Fest for "A New Rhythm for Mozambique."
2014 Fellow at The New York Times Journalism Institute.
2014 Recipient of the AAUW Career Development Grant (American Association of University Women).
2013 Recipient of NABJ's Les Payne Founder's Award (National Association of Black Journalists).