Lopes has been reporting on the Middle East since 1979, having covered events
from the first multiparty elections in Algeria to the funeral of Ayatollah
Khomeini in Iran. Now a freelance, she was editor of the Foreign Desk and the
Sunday magazine of the leading daily PÚBLICO. Her articles about the Oslo
Accords in 1993 were honored with one of the most prestigious Journalism awards
in Portugal (Prémio Norberto Lopes da Casa da Imprensa).