Geri L. Smith is BusinessWeek’s Mexico City bureau manager, a position she assumed in September 1992. She is responsible for covering economics, politics, companies, and social issues throughout Latin America. Ms. Smith has lived in and reported from Latin America since 1979 but has been based in Mexico since 1992. During her 23 years in the region, Ms. Smith has covered Latin America’s adoption of free market economic policies ranging from the foreign debt crisis of the 1980s, to the battle against hyperinflation in Argentina and Brazil, to the 1994 Tequila crisis in Mexico. Ms. Smith has also covered the regions political and social evolution. She has extensively written about poverty reduction efforts and on Mexico’s transformation from a single-party state to a vibrant multi-party democracy. Before joining BusinessWeek in 1992, Ms. Smith reported from Brazil, Argentina and Chile for United Press International for eight years and covered the region as a freelance journalist for a variety of U.S. publications, including the Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, the Dallas Morning News and the St. Petersburg Times. She was a contributing editor to the Americas magazine, published by the Organization of American states. She is the recipient of the 1995 Columbia University Maria Moors Cabot prize and is a member of the Overseas Press Club.