In 1990 he received the Prize for National Excellence in Human Sciences from the Alumni Association of Colombia’s National University, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the same institution in 2015. Colcultura honored him with the Antonio Nariño National Book Prize in 1992, and in 1993 he received the Simón Bolívar Journalism Prize for ‘best TV reporting’ for the program “Chenche: La Fuerza de la Tierra” (Chenche: The Force of the Earth), for which he was the director of the TV documentary series Travesías (Voyages). In 1997 he received a prize from the Colombian Geographical Society for a life devoted to researching and disseminating fundamental aspects of the Colombian reality, and in 2016 he was awarded the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize for the “Life and work of a journalist”.
He was a professor at several universities, and a distinguished columnist and reporter for the Sunday edition of the El Espectador newspaper since 1995. He also worked for Colombian and foreign media outlets such as Eco, Cromos, Alternativa, Semana and Economía Colombiana, and authored numerous research studies for different publications.
His works are testament to a forgotten, invisible society without a voice, containing testimonies that constitute historical evidence of the complex conflict in which Colombia has been mired for the last few decades