Rafael Fernandez de Castro is a Mexican screenwriter, novelist and journalist.
He studied Communication with a focus in media, law and politics and minored in Screenwriting at the University of Southern California. He began working as a reporter for Univision and Fusion Media Group in 2014, covering all things Mexico, from politics to the latest sociocultural trends.
Rafael was eventually tapped to join the global team of journalists that investigated and published the Panama Papers. Later he was appointed Editor in chief of a Spanish- language unit of 14 journalists based in Mexico City, where he interviewed high profile figures such as Edward Snowden and lead his team to win the 2018 Walter Reuter German Prize for Journalism. He also worked as a correspondent and producer for Real America, a Facebook Watch show anchored by renowned journalist Jorge Ramos. He simultaneously wrote columns as a guest contributor for Foreign Affairs Latin America, Letras Libres and other prestigious publications.
Rafael’s first novel won the 2018 International Award for Narrative, a prestigious prize given out by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), The College of Sinaloa (COLSIN) and the publishing house Siglo XXI. The book “Los objetos en el espejo” was hailed as a “splendid work of investigation” by the Mexican edition of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 2020 he is a staff writer for Coyote, a one-hour scripted drama series about a retired Border Patrol agent who is forced to work for a drug cartel. The show is produced by Emmy winners Michael Chiklis and Michelle MacLaren.
He is currently writing a film, part of a trilogy, for the Chilean production company Fábula.
A bilingual and bicultural writer, Rafael lives between Mexico City and Los Angeles.