Joel Richards

Joel Richards

Joel Richards covers the Southern Cone region for CGTN America. He joined the channel in April 2013 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

After starting out as a sports reporter in Spain, he moved to Argentina in 2008. Joel has worked in print, radio and television reporting on politics, social issues, culture and sport. From across Europe, Africa and South America, he has covered a range of stories, from earthquakes, presidential elections and major international tournaments, to tango world championships.

He graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Hispanic Studies.

Follow Joel Richards on Twitter @joel_richards


September 25, 2021

Argentina to begin reopening borders on Oct. 1

  Last year, Argentina had one of the strictest lockdowns during the pandemic but now the government has announced it will be easing COVID-19 restrictions in the coming weeks.   Latin America’s third largest economy will be opening its borders from October to visitors from neighboring […] Read More...
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August 10, 2021

South America’s Parana river reaches the lowest level

One of the longest rivers in South America is at its lowest level in living memory.  Prolonged drought in southern Brazil, is what’s caused the levels in the Parana River to fall, and the impact is being felt by communities located along its banks.  CGTN’s Joel Richards reports from Rosario, Argentina. Read More...
June 16, 2021

Argentina looks to ramp up vaccination rates in country

Argentina recently signed agreements with two Chinese labs for shipment of vaccines in the coming months as the country reached the milestone of 20 million doses on Monday. But there are also talks to ramp up the country’s production capacity which includes developing its own […] Read More...
June 11, 2021

Beef producers in Argentina target Chinese market

Argentina’s government is in negotiations with beef producers to lift a ban on exports at a time when the country is looking to expand its production. Argentinian production minister Matias Kulfas says the country is helping small and medium sized companies target the Chinese market. […] Read More...
June 3, 2021

Many established family businesses in Argentina decide to close

  Argentina was among the hardest hit economies in Latin America impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic last year.  Growth is expected this year, but while the industrial and agricultural sectors are propping up the economy, the effects of restrictions and the second wave of infections is leading […] Read More...
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