The idea for Barranquilla Life was born at the BBC on Carrera 54, where I met Mike Chartrand, the local leader of the expat’s group in town. We tossed around the idea of creating a website where we could give back to the community. We envisioned a space where both newcomers to the city and long-time residents could benefit from quality, reliable information; everything from news and events to directories and local guides – and all of it in English.

In June 2015, we began creating our team and started to put our ideas into motion. We went live in September 2015, and have steadily been growing to attract more than 8000 visitors to our website and more than 20,000 followers on Facebook each month. We’ve created an alternative media in the city where everyone knows us to be the English publication.

We are fans of art, culture, music and technology and we demonstrate that through the videos we create for cultural and music events in town, travel articles, YouTube shows, and the social media strategies we create for our clients. We seek to provide a different perspective on the day-to-day life in Barranquilla. We are a team that values accountability, creativity, a quality content production standard, and exceptional customer service to our clients, readers, and viewers.

Michael Becerra, Ph.d.
CEO and Co-Founder

My name is Michael Becerra, owner and co-founder. I have been working as a university professor since 2007 and decided I needed to evolve professionally in 2015 after deciding on setting roots in Barranquilla. Video production, online media, travel guides, and music interviews are a pleasant change from writing for academic journals, although I still keep current with my research.

Mike Chartrand co-founded Barranquilla Life and is the managing editor and website guru. In a former life, Mike was a corporate project manager in Canadian telecom. For the last 6 years, he has been travelling around Latin America, teaching English and writing.

Catherine Tcherassi started collaborating with Barranquilla Life since November 2015 in creating short films and interviews. She joined our team as Director of Photography and Video. When she isn’t filming or editing video, she can be found at her farm called Ecosistema de Carmen in Baranoa.

Carlos Riaño started with Barranquilla Life in April 2015 and is currently responsible for filming Final Draft and SportsBaq. Carlos is a recent graduate from Barranquilla’s Escuela Distrital de Arte. Carlos has worked on documentaries for Telecaribe and short films with Clap!

Cristian Paternina

Cristian Paternina is our art department. Whether it is taking pictures, designing on Photoshop, or painting with acrylics; Cristian is our guy who we turn to for creativity. He is currently in his fourth year at Bellas Artes art school at Universidad del Atlantico.

Aike Art is our engineer on staff. There is nothing that he can’t fix. Aike is also a filmmaker, editor, and photographer. He is a Specialist in Productions and Operations from Universidad del Norte.

Francisco Moreno is our sports writer and host of SportsBaq and Facebook Live host, where he talks sports and current events. He is a journalism graduate of Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.