Terrence McCoy

Washington, D.C.

Foreign correspondent

Education: University of Iowa, BA, political science and journalism; Columbia University, MA, international politics and journalism

Terrence McCoy is The Washington Post's Rio de Janeiro Bureau Chief. He is the recipient of numerous national awards, including the 2016 George Polk Award for stories that showed how companies in an obscure industry made millions of dollars from exploitative deals with the poor and disabled. He served in the Peace Corps in Cambodia. He joined The Washington Post in 2014, and has been a staff writer on the local, national and foreign desks.
Latest from Terrence McCoy

How Bolsonaro’s rhetoric — then his silence — stoked Brazil assault

Brazil's right-wing former president has hinted at, warned of and threatened such an attack for years.

January 8, 2023

As the Amazon rainforest goes dry, a desperate wait for water

Dusty wells. Streams ebbing away. Pristine reserves aflame. Some scientists think the tipping point is already here.

November 18, 2022

My friend was killed deep in the Amazon forest. I went to investigate.

Journalist Dom Phillips was following Indigenous rights activist Bruno Pereira when both men disappeared along a remote river.

October 12, 2022

Takeaways from The Post’s investigation of deforestation in the Amazon

The ongoing and lawless destruction of the Amazon rainforest, a unique resource seen as vital to averting catastrophic global warming, is an environmental emergency.

October 12, 2022

Some wanted to believe Bolsonaro was a fluke. Voters showed he wasn’t.

Whether or not Brazil's president wins a second term, Bolsonarismo is here to stay.

October 3, 2022

Bolsonaro and Lula are heading to second round in Brazil election

Voters, analysts and the candidates themselves have framed the election as an existential choice, less about policy than about the very character of the nation.

October 2, 2022

Deforesters are plundering the Amazon. Brazil is letting them get away with it.

Inspection agencies have been gutted. The courts are lenient. Appeals can grind on forever. Deforesters keep deforesting, because they know they can.

August 30, 2022

How deforestation is pushing the Amazon toward a tipping point

Every day, deforestation brings the rainforest closer to what scientists warn will be its death, when the loss of tree cover finally pushes it past the point of no return and the world loses its greatest shield against rising temperatures.

August 30, 2022

Leandro Lo, world jujitsu champion, fatally shot in São Paulo club

The eight-time world champion was considered one of the most gifted fighters to have ever entered the sport.

August 8, 2022

He’s been called a deforester and killer. Now he’s called mayor

In the Amazon, there's little political cost to destroying the rainforest.

July 27, 2022