Based in Mexico, Lilia Saúl Rodriguez joined OCCRP in 2019 as an investigative reporter. Before that, she spent more than 15 years as an investigative reporter for media outlets such as El Universal, Emeequis magazine, and Mexicanos contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad.
She received the 2016 Ortega y Gasset award in the multimedia category for an investigation into forced disappearances, and was a finalist for the Data Journalism Awards in 2015 for an investigation into how the Mexican government was misusing public trusts. Lilia won the 2011 National Journalism Award for El Equipo, an investigation that revealed the excessive payments Mexican police made to a television station to make a soap opera that praised the war against organized crime.
At El Universal, Lilia founded the first data journalism team at a Mexican newspaper. She also served as the director of the journalists’ network México Infórmate, which lobbied for the Right of Access to Information for Journalists. She was a 2019 fellow at the International Center for Journalists.