Alexei Barrionuevo | Journalist and Filmmaker
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About Alexei

Alexei Barrionuevo is a journalist and documentary filmmaker with 20 years of experience, most notably as a staff writer at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.


Alexei has reported on a range of challenging and emotional stories, from the war in Iraq, to the rescue of the trapped Chilean miners, to earthquakes in Latin America, and to military operations in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.


At the Times, he wrote the Big Deal column for the Real Estate section, where he delved into the properties of the fabulously wealthy. He also served as the Times’ bureau chief in Brazil, where he covered five countries, and as a business correspondent based in Chicago.


At the Journal, he served as a correspondent in Brussels, reported from the Middle East, and covered the global energy industry from Houston. He covered the fall of the energy-trading company Enron and documented its aftermath in federal trials.


His most recent project is directing and co-producing an upcoming documentary film about electronic dance music and superstar DJs titled, “Waiting For The Drop: Rise of the Superstar DJs.”


A Chicago-area native, Alexei holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Documentary Filmmaking

Waiting For The Drop

Print Journalism

The New York Times

Latin America Coverage

Tribes of Amazon Find an Ally Out of ‘Avatar’

Quake Orphan Reflects Peru’s Loss, and Anger

A Year Out of the Dark in Chile, but Still Trapped

In Tangle of Young Lips, a Sex Rebellion in Chile

Daughter of ‘Dirty War,’ Raised by Man Who Killed Her Parents

Mystery of the ‘Land of Twins’: Something in the Water? Mengele?

Real Estate Coverage

Time to Sell Penthouse. The Russians Have Cash

Rising Tower Emerges as a Billionaires’ Haven

The Quick-Change Artist

National Economic Coverage

Honeybees Vanish, Leaving Keepers in Peril

Enron Chiefs Guilty of Fraud and Conspiracy

Globalization in Every Loaf

The Wall Street Journal

Joining Film Fight, Hungary Tries To Go Hollywood

As Europe Seeks A Stronger Voice, Words Get in Way

How Oil Giant’s Technicians Turned Into Revolutionaries

Contact Alexei
+1 424 625 8714