Nedim DervisbegovicNedim Dervisbegovic has worked as a multimedia producer for the Balkan Service of Prague-based Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) since 2009. He is responsible for online, multimedia, and social networks and has blogged and written articles for RFE/RL's English page on Balkan politics and other topics. In 2007, Nedim became the first editor in chief of RadioSarajevo.ba, an independent news and community portal, focused on development of civic society and a culture of dialogue. Earlier, he worked for ten years as a Reuters' senior correspondent from Bosnia, covering politics, economy, sports and other issues while also reporting from other countries in the region. Nedim started his journalistic career in 1992 as a reporter at Studio 99, at the time the only independent radio station in war-torn Sarajevo, before joining the UN refugee agency's humanitarian operation. In 1994, he moved to Italy to study media, politics, and international relations at the American University in Rome, where he worked as an intern for the Associated Press and APTV and as a freelance correspondent for the now-defunct Italian daily La Voce Repubblicana. Nedim has a degree from the University of London in Politics and International Relations.
Michael JordanMichael Jordan is a foreign correspondent who has reported from two dozen countries over the past 16 years. He is a long-time contributor to The Christian Science Monitor, earlier serving as the Monitor's correspondent in Budapest (1995-2000) and at the United Nations (2002-2005). He also writes regularly for Foreign Policy. In addition to reporting, Michael has recently taught journalism at universities in Hong Kong, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and trained Romani reporters in Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia. Until June 2006, Michael was the George Polk Journalist-in-Residence at Long Island University in Brooklyn, where he taught and advised the student newspaper. He blogs about journalism and Central Europe at http://jordanink.wordpress.com.
Ian PhillipsIan Phillips, AP News Director for East-central Europe, is in charge of text, TV and photos from Polandto theBalkans. Phillips, 42, has reported and edited from Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia for AP and was Deputy Europe Editor in London prior to moving to Prague in 2011. From the Czech capital, he leads a region-wide group of reporters tasked with finding innovative stories for use across all platforms. Ian joined AP in 1994 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and reported from several South American countries before transferring to Paris in 1998 and AP's London office two years later. From 2001 to 2004 he was day supervisor at AP's World Desk in New York, helping shape and promote coverage for non-U.S. subscribers of events ranging from the Sept. 11 attacks to the Iraq War. Ian was named deputy editor for Europe and Africa in 2004, and from a London base has been at the forefront of the company's efforts to produce cross-format journalism. At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he was the main coordinator between text, video and photos. He helped lead coverage of major stories ranging from the terror attacks on London's transport
Soraya Sarhaddi NelsonSoraya Sarhaddi Nelson is on assignment as a foreign correspondent for NPR in Berlin through July 2013. She was previously based in Cairo, covering the Arab world for NPR from the Middle East to North Africa. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning programs including Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In 2006, Soraya opened the NPR Kabul Bureau, and in 2010 she won a Peabody award, Overseas Press Club award, and a Gracie award for her coverage of Afghanistan. She was also the 2011 recipient of the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Journalism Award, honoring courage in journalism. Soraya came to NPR in 2006, after spending more than two decades as a newspaper reporter. She served as Knight Ridder's Middle East Bureau Chief from 2002 to 2005 where she specialized in covering Iran. As a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Soraya was sent on extended assignment to Iran and Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She spent three years as an editor and reporter for Newsday and was part of the team that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for covering the crash of TWA flight 800. Soraya speaks Farsi, Dari, and German. She is married to long-time reporter Erik Nelson and they have a son.
Please note: Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson has preliminarily agreed to speak during the course, but cannot confirm her presence until May for work reasons.
Gordana KnezevicGordana Knezevic is the Director of RFE/RL’s South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service, specializing in the Balkans. Before coming to RFE/RL in January 2008, Gordana worked as an online editor with Reuters News Agency in Canada, regularly contributing to the Toronto Star and CBC Radio while there. Before relocating to Canada, Gordana lived in Bosnia, where she was the Deputy Editor of Oslobodjenje, the internationally recognized Sarajevo-based daily paper—which never stopped publishing during the Bosnian War. For her work there, she was honored in 1992 with the Courage in Journalism award from the Washington-based International Women’s Media Foundation. Gordana was an elected member of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Board of Directors.
Rob CameronRob Cameron is the BBC’s correspondent in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, covering politics, human intereststories, arts and other issues for the BBC World Service, BBC domestic radio, BBC Online and BBC World television. Rob moved to Prague in 1993 and began his radio career in 1999, when he joined Radio Prague, the international service of Czech Radio. Rob began producing radio packages for the BBC in 2001, and in 2004 became the BBC’s full-time Prague stringer. He has also reported for the BBC from Albania and Russia.