Foreign Policy/ News "Preditor" (Producer/Writer/Editor), Freelance Correspondent, Multimedia Journalist and Consultant, with 17 years of international field experience as a foreign correspondent and freelancer.

Areas of expertise are international politics and economics, human rights, international justice for mass atrocity crimes, the United Nations, peacekeeping, US foreign policy, Responsibility to Protect, non-governmental organizations and global development, and media analysis.

Professional Experience

Based out of New York City

Freelance Multimedia/Broadcast Journalist and Writer              January 2009-Present

Center for justice and Accountability                                                              March 2019

·   Wrote, produced, shot and edited a profile of former UN Human Rights chief Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, who was presented with CJA’s 2019 “Champion of Justice” award.

Foreign Policy Association

Great Decisions                                                                                         2011-Present

  • Writer of Great Decisions, “America’s largest discussion program on world affairs,” an eight episode television series, broadcast by PBS

  • Great Decisions highlights thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing the US

America’s Diplomats

  • Writer of America’s Diplomats, a documentary that explores the Foreign Service, from Ben Franklin to Benghazi, through stories of individual diplomats and their families, broadcast by PBS (2015)

Untitled SE Asia Project / Even Small Wars Look Big From Up Close    2012-2018

Developed and/or wrote two television series for Netflix-type programming. Representation sought. 

  • Even Small Wars Look Big From Up Close is a half-hour scripted series that combines comedy and pathos about what it’s really like to work on the frontlines of the journalism, aid and policy world.

Vitt and Associates                                                                                                March 2017

  • Wrote, produced, shot and edited 20 minute video for a Vermont law firm to aid in pro-bono environmental case it pursued against Dartmouth College, which helped achieve a settlement

NPR, Free Speech Radio News, and SBS Television                                       2010-Present

  • Journalist covering the King of Thailand’s death and the ongoing Thai democracy crackdown, Burma/Myanmar election November 2015 and Rohingya ethnic cleansing, and the search for the new UN Secretary General and UN dysfunction

CNN’s Global Health Frontline News                                                                            2011

  • Co-producer and camera woman on a series of stories related to health issues in Peru

UNICEF, UN Women, and Peace Dividend Trust                                             2010-Present

  • Reporter, producer, camera operator and video editor of television news packages in post-earthquake Haiti

  • Reported and produced a tv news package on the “UN Goodwill Ambassador” trip to  Colombia with Danny Glover

  • Reporter and producer of tv news packages on UNICEF events during the UN General Assembly, the Millennium Development Goals Summit, plus UNICEF conferences

  • Producer and editor of multimedia videos for internal use or donor conferences

Foreign Affairs Blogger, True/Slant, The Huffington Post                             2010 - present

Dispatches magazine (working title)                                                      January 2007 –2009

Co-founder and Multimedia Editor of online news magazine focusing on international and humanitarian situations (launch suspended.)

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Foreign Correspondent / Television and Radio Freelance  Journalist       1992 - 2009

Voice of America

Correspondent/ Bureau Chief, New Delhi, India  September 2003 – November 2006

  • Regional correspondent responsible for coverage of political, economic, humanitarian events and conflicts throughout India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran.

  • Reported, produced, shot and edited radio and television news packages on tight deadlines, participated in live radio programming.   

  • Events covered include post-invasion Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan in transition, Afghanistan,, Sri Lankan civil war, Kashmir earthquake, Nepal’s civil war and fall of the monarchy, the Indian Ocean tsunami, Iranian parliamentary election, Darfur crisis and more.

Freelance Broadcast Journalist,  Jakarta, Indonesia                                        1998 - 2003

  • Reporter/contributor/stringer for multiple news outlets, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), National Public Radio (NPR), CNN, CNBC, Voice of America (VOA), the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Radio Deutsche Welle, KQED – Pacific Time, ABC (Australia), Vatican Radio, and others

  • Reported, produced, shot and edited radio and television news packages on tight deadlines,

  • Indonesia-based events covered include fall of President Suharto and Indonesian reform movement, separatist conflicts in East Timor, Aceh and Papua, post 9/11 fallout, the 2002 Bali bombing and other terrorist incidents

  • East Timor’s independence movement, UN referendum and peacekeeping mission and 2002 birth of new nation

  • Regional work includes Afghanistan after 9/11, Pakistan political situation, US military intervention in southern Philippines and foreign hostage crises, Burma/Myanmar’s politics and the Saffron Revolution

CNBC Business News, Hong Kong                                         August 1997 – February 1998

  • Writer and line producer for daily hour-long news program, Business Today. Responsible for all program content consisting of taped segments and studio interviews as well as story assignments and script approval.

  • Writer for Morning Call, India Morning Call, and Market Wrap.

  • Reporter for news packages.

ABC Nightline with Ted Koppel                                                                                July 1997

Assistant producer for Nightline with Ted Koppel’s coverage of the show trial of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Asia Pacific Vision, Hong Kong                                                                    June - July 1997

  • Freelance producer for a private production company, assisting coverage of various events leading up to the 1997 Handover of Hong Kong to China

  • Production assistant for BBC documentary, The Last Governor.

  • Producer for coverage of Cambodian coup d’etat, for Channel 9 (Australia) and BBC

Freelance journalist, Cairo, Egypt                                                            March – June 1997

  • Writer and producer of news features for AP-TV

  • Stringer for National Public Radio, covering news and political events

Freelance journalist, Phnom Penh, Cambodia                                  May – November 1996

  • Shot and reported various news events for WTN, and print clients.

  • Extensively researched freelance television documentary on the politics of genocide in Cambodia. (Production not achieved.)

WorldWide Television News, London, UK                                         February – March 1996

Scripter  for television news agency. Produced and wrote one to two minute packages for international news clients.


Indochine Productions,  Phnom Penh, Cambodia,                  April 1994 – November 1995

  • Field Producer for Canadian-owned television production company

  • Producer and Field Producer for Asia Business News, Singapore (owned by Dow Jones).

  • Produced and wrote features on Cambodia and Vietnam for international broadcast.

  • Field producer for Reuters-TV, covering daily news, including intensive field work in the course of covering two extended hostage crises -- securing access, interviews and footage as events unfolded.

  • Assisted coverage for several international networks including television coverage of the  twentieth anniversary of the Fall of Saigon for the Channel 7 (Sydney) current affairs program Today, Tonight.

  • Regular local producer for Channel 7 (Sydney) and Channel 9 (Sydney) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for Cambodian news coverage.

Freelancer Journalist, Bosnia-Herzegovina                                             March – April 1994

Published freelance articles on the political situation in the former Yugoslavia.

United Press International / Freelance, Phnom Penh, Cambodia    Jan – November 1993

  • Assistant Reporter covering daily news during the United Nations peacekeeping mission and the UN-sponsored national elections

  • Published several freelance articles on business and politics for the English bi-monthly Phnom Penh Post, The Bangkok Post, The Australian and the United Nations publication, The Peacekeeper.

  • Published photos for Agence France Presse, The Phnom Penh Post, Bangkok Post.

WorldTeach, Harvard University,  Lampang, Thailand           October 1991 – October 1992

Volunteer English teacher at a Thai junior college

EDUCATION

  • Leiden University, the Netherlands (Online Certificate Programs) 2017

  • International Law in Action: the International Courts and Tribunals in the Hague.

  • International Law in Action: Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes

William Smith College, Geneva, NY                                                                     1987 – 1991

  • Received Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature

  • Spent two terms studying abroad in Angers, France; and Quito, Ecuador

 

AWARDS/GRANTS

  • Winner of VOA's Cowan Award for Humanitarian Reporting, 2004

  • Co-winner of Silver Medal, 2006, New York Festivals for tsunami coverage

  • Received a grant from the Rory Peck Freelancer Trust to take a hostile environments training course, September 2001

 

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Video editing on Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro. Sound editing on Adobe Audition. Post-production experience in Apple Motion.

  • Fifteen years shooting experience with various cameras

  • Languages: Native English; fluency in spoken and written French and Spanish; basic   conversational Bahasa Indonesia, Thai; ability to eavesdrop in Khmer

  • American citizen.