Jon Lee Anderson
A staff writer at The New Yorker,
he has written two in-depth profiles
of President Chávez for the magazine.
A Caracas-based writer and journalist, he writes mainly for The Economist
and The Miami Herald
Rafael Simón Jiménez
He was vice president of Venezuela's Parliament until he broke with Chávez. Like Chávez, he grew up in the rural state of Barinas and he knew the Chávez family well.
A minister in the former government of Venezuela, he ran against Chávez in the 2006 presidential campaign. He is the editor of a left-wing newspaper, Tal Cual