Ilana Sod

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Ilana Sod
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Born (1973-02-03) February 3, 1973 (age 45)
 Mexico Mexico City
Occupation TV Presenter, Journalist, & Producer

Ilana Sod (born February 3, 1973), is a Mexican television and radio journalist, presenter, and producer. She has an extensive career working with youth-oriented programming and Social Issues. From 2004 to 2012, Ilana Sod was MTV Latin America's Newscaster and Editor-in-Chief for Public Affairs Programming. She has also worked as a columnist for the Mexican newspaper Excélsior[1] and as contributor for Radio Trece[2] in the metropolitan area of DF.

Sod, who was born in Mexico City, Mexico and now splits her time between residences in Los Angeles, CA, and her native Mexico, is still a recurring contributor for MTV, and multiple media outlets throughout the Spanish-Speaking world. The 2014 TV news Special "Hecho en America" which Sod co-produced with Manuel Alvarez, for NBCUniversal's mun2 Channel has been nominated or short-listed for several prestigious awards, including a 2014 nomination for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Special Class Special. "Hecho en America" won the Gold Award at the 2014 WorldMediaFestival – global competition for modern media.[3] "Hecho en America" was Executive Produced by Gloria Medel Solomons.

She is the host and producer of "Agents of Change" (Agentes de Cambio) - a project initially sponsored by the Government of Finland, through the Inter-American Development Bank,[4] for MTV that reports on ideas and people that affect positive change throughout Latin America and the World.[5]

Agents of Change seeks to empower and inspire its audience to take action, make a difference and launch new youth-led initiatives. Dedicated microsites and social media pages on Facebook and Twitter assist with these goals; to date, there have been 20 long-format shows and over 90 short-form capsules to promote the program.

Agents of Change also works as an incubator of change. Through a partnership with Ashoka, the global association of leading social entrepreneurs, the initiative has raised over $2.5 million to launch over 500 Agents of Change teams in the U.S. and 22 countries in Latin America.

Since its inception, in 2005, Sod and the team behind this ground-breaking program, have managed to grow the project's scope and reach by soliciting and obtaining the support of many other sponsors and supporters to the Project such as: The World Bank,[6] Ashoka: Innovators for the Public,[7] and UNICEF[8]

"Agents of Change" is an ongoing production that has taken Sod to places throughout the world Sod has reported from (Argentina,[9][10] Chile,[11][12] Guatemala[13][14][15]), Italy, Kenya, and many other places.[16]

"Agents of Change" (Agentes de Cambio) Documentary Series - Selected Highlights

  • Agents of Change, Season One, 2005. "Environment, Nature, Music & Tech" First part of the Documentary Series funded by the Inter-American Development Bank featuring stories from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, México and Panamá.
  • Agents of Change, Season Four, 2008. "Social Inclusion throughout Sports", stories from Spain, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. Funded by Nike Foundation. (December 2008).
  • Agents of Change, Season Five, 2009. "Science supporting Labor Opportunities", stories from USA, Israel and Colombia. Funded by the Organization of American States (April).
  • Agents of Change, Season Six, 2010."Global Warming". This part of the series documents projects from France, USA, Argentina and Mexico. Funded by Ashoka Foundation and the Staples Foundation for Learning.
  • Agents of Change, Season nine 2013. HIV / AIDS and Social Change initiative in 52 Countries. Video highlight.

The First Season of "Agents of Change" received Awarded by The Intermedia World Media Fest for her work on the series "Xpress" produced by MTV Brazil about the female homicides in Ciudad Juárez, México. Best Educational Documentary (April 2008).

Sod has also written a regular column for the Mexican newspaper Excélsior ("Almost Ten") and has had ample experience working in Radio Broadcasting, among them, having her own daily show in the now defunct youth-oriented station Radio Activo 98.5 FM (entitled initially "Retro Activo") from 1996-2003, five years as a News Journalist in Imagen Informativa 90.5 FM, and a Segment entitled "Wide Spectrum" (Amplio Espectro) every Thursday during the news radio show of Javier Solórzano[17] in Radio 13 in Mexico City.


Sod has had a long and distinguished career in TV Broadcasting. In addition to her hosting duties for MTV, she has also worked as network TV news anchor for Mexican Broadcasters "Canal 40," and "Canal 22," as well as a reporter for channel 108 of SKY in Sydney, where she covered local Social and health topics such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Australian capital.

In August 2003, she co-produced for MTV the PSA campaign 'Grita' (Speak Out!),[18] whose goal was to empower young people and children to be more communicative about their sexuality. This series of spots were widely recognized for their effectiveness at helping bring positive change and awareness of these issues to the forefront in Latin America, earning Sod and the series wide recognition in Latin America for their efforts as well as multiple awards including the Promax-BDA Golden Award as best pro-social campaign of a TV station in Latin America.

More than a year later, as a follow-up of the campaign to 'Grita' (Speak Out!), a new update on the series, produced for CNN and MTV, had her reporting on the views, thoughts, and feelings of Latin American youth regarding machismo and how this cultural attitude increases the risk of exposure to HIV/AIDS for women in the region. The 30-minute special[19] premiered on CNN International on November 27, 2004 and was re-broadcast a few days later by MTV around the globe during the World AIDS Day, on December 1 of that year. Sod's reports for the global broadcast by MTV focused covering on the epidemic with emphasis on how it affected Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.

In May and June 2006, Sod earned additional recognition for her efforts to give a voice to the Mexican youth during the key Mexican Presidential election of 2006. During that time, Sod was the only reporter which allowed young voters to ask direct questions of all five of the presidential candidates in that historical election. This was a first in the history of Mexican television, in that Sod's interviews with the candidates took place exactly one month before of the general election in Mexico, July 2. "Somos 30 Millones" (We Are 30 Million), as those shows were titled, in reference to the number of Mexicans under the age of 34 at the time, is one of the highlights of her career, and her direct and effective interviewing of the candidates on an open forum, played a crucial part in making her one of that country's most recognized TV journalists today.

"Somos 30 Millones" (We Are 30 Million)

Later, in August of that same year, she was the MTV International's correspondent and UNICEF's moderator during the XVI International AIDS Conference, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As part of MTV's AIDS-awareness initiative, Staying Alive, Sod's contributions appeared at the "48 Fest" special vlog[28] and session[29] From Rhetoric to Action: Defining a Stronger Role for Youth in National HIV/AIDS Policies.


In addition to her TV work, Ilana Sod has also worked in radio and press in Mexico.

  • In 1999 and 2001, she coordinated 'Radio Sex Project', 48-hours of investigative reports about sex for 'Radioactivo 98.5'.
  • Hosting and reporting for a number of shows for Radioactivo from 1999 to 2004.
  • Covering the Iraq War in 2008 as a correspondent based in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for 90.5FM 'Imagen Informativa' (a 24/7 coast to coast news radio station in Mexico).

Career Highlights[edit]

Agents of Change, MTV Latin America Microsoft Imagine Cup, Correspondent in South Korea, Seoul. MTV News. 2008


  1. ^ Sod's column in Excelsior[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Daily News with Javier Solórzano at Radio 13 Archived 2007-02-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^
  4. ^ BID Juventud. (2006). [2007]
  5. ^ Agentes de Cambio. (2006–2008). [2007]
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ Agentes de Cambio graba en Ezeiza (Febrero 26, 2007). La Nación [2007]
  10. ^ Ilana Sod filma documental sobre Surcos Argentinos, ONG cordobesa (Marzo 6, 2007). Sánchez Martínez, G. La Voz [2007]
  11. ^ Ilana Sod llega a la VII Región para realizar grabaciones con indígenas de la zona maulina (Marzo 9, 2007). Riquelme, S. El aMaule [2007]
  12. ^ Tres proyectos sociales chilenos ganaron un concurso de MTV (Marzo 25, 2007). Torres, A. El Mercurio [2007]
  13. ^ BID Juventud celebrará Día Global del Servicio Juvenil en el marco del Programa Agentes de Cambio realizado por Ilana Sod (Marzo 15, 2007). Cerigua. TeleDiario [2007]
  14. ^ Ilana Sod modera conversación entre Agentes de Cambio, BID y ALAS (Marzo 16, 2007). Masaya, J. Siglo XXI [2007]
  15. ^ MTV graba en Quetzaltenango (marzo 19, 2007). Quemé, R. Siglo XXI [2007]
  16. ^ [4]
  17. ^ [5]
  18. ^ Staying Alive (Videos 2003) Se(x) Tú Mismo, PSA
  19. ^ Staying Alive: An MTV and CNN News Special.
  20. ^ Lupa Ciudadana (Letras Libres, 2006). "Durante décadas condenamos la inversión; la consideramos un pecado" (transcripción del programa) Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ El Universal (Video 2006). El candidato presidencial panista abre esta serie de entrevistas con el canal estadounidense de música Archived 2006-06-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ El Universal (Video 2006). El candidato presidencial de PANAL se presenta con el canal estadounidense de música Archived 2008-01-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ Lupa Ciudadana, 2006. “Me levantó siempre con el pie izquierdo. Yo soy de izquierda porque en la izquierda está el corazón” (transcripción del programa) Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ El Universal (Video 2006). El candidato presidencial de la Alianza Por el Bien de Todos, en la tercera entrevista del canal musical Archived 2007-01-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  25. ^ Lupa Ciudadana (Letras Libres, 2006). “No estoy a favor del matrimonio entre las personas del mismo sexo” (transcripción del programa) Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ El Universal (Video 2006). El candidato presidencial de la Alianza por México, en la cuarta entrevista del canal musical Archived 2008-01-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ El Universal (Video 2006). La candidata presidencial de Alternativa, en la última entrevista del canal musical Archived 2008-01-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Ilana's Video Diary.
  29. ^ AIDS 2006, Time to Deliver.