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.
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
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.)
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
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
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
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