Meet the Bloggers
Andrea Arzaba, Mexico
Andrea is a freelance journalist and an eager world traveler. Interested in environment, development, international affairs, youth and culture. She is currently living in Mexico City. Andrea graduated with a Communications BA and a specialization on journalism. She speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese. In the last year Andrea has written for National Geographic Traveler Magazine Mexico,Equilibrio magazine, as well as continued blogging for the European Journalism Centre, Global Voices Online, Animal Político and following international climate negotiations with Adopt a Negotiator Project. She also started an online publication with young women from all over the world, focusing on gender issues, called The SunFlower Post.
Follow Andrea on Twitter at @andrea_arzaba.
Andrew Ochieng, Kenya
Andrew is a Kenyan journalist working with Kiss TV, the youngest television station in Kenya owned by Radio Africa Group. He’s been a TV reporter for four years now, having previously worked with Citizen TV, also in Kenya.
After graduating from the United States International University-Africa with a BA in Journalism, he recently completed his Masters degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi.
With a gift for writing and telling human interest stories that affect the ordinary person Andrew is passionate about enlightening African youth, to know their rights and issues that affect them.
Andrew speaks fluent English and Swahili and quite a bit of French and Spanish. He’s also an avid reader and actor.
Follow Andrew on Twitter at @pundit86.
Anna Day, USA
Anna Therese Day is an independent journalist and social media researcher, specializing in global civil society organizing. She is a 2012 UN Press Fellow and was named one of Google Zeitgeist’s top 30 Great Young Minds of Our Time in 2011. On the ground in Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, the Palestinian Territories, Syria, and Turkey, her coverage focuses on American foreign policy, women’s issues, and youth organizing. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including CNN International, the BBC, Al Jazeera English, and numerous print outlets, translated into Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, and Spanish.
Follow Anna on Twitter at @AnnaOfArabia.
Bolanle Omisore, USA
Bolanle Omisore is a freelance writer for National Geographic.com, where she covers international energy news, and an Editorial Assistant at National Public Radio (NPR). Prior to writing for NationalGeographic.com, Bolanle was an International Reporting Fellow for the International Center for Journalists, where she reported on a rural electrification project in Nigeria. Previously, Bolanle was a Japan Fellow through the Center for Global Partnerships and the Japan Foundation, a fellowship that included a two-week long tour of Japan and meetings with government officials and journalists from the top local and national outfits. Bolanle has interned for NPR’s Talk of the Nation, ABC News’ Nightline, and ABC’s News on Campus. Before attending graduate school at New York University, she worked as the Digital Media Manager for BET Networks’ Digital Media Group. While at NYU, Bolanle worked as a freelance video journalist with The New York Times during its student journalism institute in New Orleans. A native of Tampa, Florida, she is a graduate of Howard University.
Follow Bolanle on Twitter at @venerableladyb.
David Klaubert, Germany
David Klaubert is working as a political editor at the German newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, currently based in Frankfurt, Germany. He writes about social issues and is especially interested in Portuguese-speaking countries such as Brazil and Angola. His career as a journalist began on a freelance basis, working for different newspapers, magazines and websites in Germany. At the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt David Klaubert studied Journalism, Political and Latin American Studies. Traveling to South America and Africa he improved his language skills and now speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, some French and some Swahili.
Follow David on Twitter at @KlaubertD.
Domas Burkauskas, Lithuania
Domas is a freelance journalist from Lithuania, for 10 years working in TV broadcasting. He’s been hosting shows and doing social and economical stories for Lithuanian national television. Currently, he moved to another national-wideLietuvos Rytas television where he works as an editor and hosts morning and midday news shows. Apart from his native Lithuanian, Domas also speaks English, Russian and German language. His stories have won EuroMedia award “For The Best TV Story” in 2010 and 2011. Domas also works as an expert in creative communication, tutor in Lithuanian schools and has aTV & Film projects course in Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.
Fadima Sy, Senegal
Fadima Sy is a Senegalese journalist working for the municipal radio of Dakar. She obtained a bachelor in information and communication from the ISSIC. Fadima likes working on the ground and is interested in issues related to politics, good governance and the fight against corruption. This passion stems from her participation in an investigative journalism training organised by Forum Civil in 2010, as part of the DGT Programme (Democracy, Governance Transparency). The goal of the Dakar’s municipal radio is to observe political life and the actions of the city hall of Dakar, a goal which she shares.
Follow Fadima on Twitter at @SyFadima.
Hafawa Rebhi, Tunisia
Hafawa is a young Tunisian journalist. She decided to become a journalist after the massacre carried out by the snipers of the dictator Ben Ali against the people of her hometown Kasserine in early January of 2011. Hafawa is currently working for the Maghreb Hebdo, an independent French-language newspaper. She is interested in political and economic issues and surveys the post revolutionary institutional reforms. Formerly, she worked at l’Economistemaghrebin.com, a website that covers events in Tunisia and the MENA region. Hafawa was also trained by the network ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism). As an investigative reporter, she focuses on transitional justice affairs and on the fight against corruption. She dreams of a Tunisia without corruption or violations of human rights; of a world of good governance and transparency.
Follow Hafawa on Twitter at @Hafawa_Rebhi.
Hélder Xavier, Mozambique
Hélder Xavier is mozambican young journalist. Hélder graduated in Journalism from the Eduardo Mondlane University, in Maputo. Currently, he works as a reporter for the first free high quality newspaper in sub-Saharan Africa, @Verdade – meaning the truth – (It is currently the biggest circulation newspaper in Mozambique, reaching well over 600,000 people), just over three years. Since childhood he is Intervention Social Media enthusiast, and he hates the subservient Media that works to the established rule. Furthermore, he is against all kinds of corruption. He seeks to contribute to a better society; free of corruption that everyday is rooted in his country, Mozambique, especially in public institutions.
Jessica Weiss, USA based in Argentina
Jessica is a freelance journalist from Washington, DC, currently based in Buenos Aires. Formerly, she worked at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), an organization that trains journalists around the world, including in many places where it’s difficult to report freely. A graduate of Georgetown University’s Masters Program in Journalism, her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Grist, and The Washington Post Magazine. She is also a social media enthusiast and fledgling photographer.
Follow Jessica on Twitter at @jessweiss1.
Jimmy Chalk, Brazil
Jimmy is a freelance multimedia producer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He traces his passion for storytelling through journalism to the late-night bonfires in his native state of Texas. Since moving further south, he’s focused on documenting public security and human rights abuses in Latin America and South Asia. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Huffington Post and Christian Science Monitor, in addition to his work for non-profits including Amnesty International, the World Bank and International Justice Mission.
Follow Jimmy on Twitter at @JimmyChalk.
Manuel Medina, Mexico
Sports journalist, currently living on the border between the United States and Mexico, Manuel R. Medina has regrettably seen his country being devoured by a corrupt system that has not only eaten some of the government but also common citizens. He wants to help change that.
With a background as reporter for media outlets such as SanDiegoRed.com, El Mexicano, MedioTiempo.com, Uniradio; as press officer for the Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente football squad, basketball team Tijuana Zonkeys; and currently working for both FIFA and Concacaf, football’s biggest entities; Medina has been trained as a multiplatform journalist who doesn’t hesitate to use everything at his disposal to transmit an idea.
And because of this experience, he wants to increase his field of knowledge of social problems, like corruption, which is very common in Latin American countries.
He feels the responsibility, as a journalist, to show people that a corrupt system can be broken and citizens can break free from the injustices imposed by this structure; free of political bias because of his background on the sports field, Manuel R. Medina is hopeful the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2012 will give him the skills needed to succeed on this very difficult task.
He is currently building a technology based media outlet called TJ Sports, where fans will be able to support their local sports heroes, with videos, articles and television shows, without the need to look around the Web for them. Plus this will allow him to get more social causes out to sports fanatics of his region, thanks to the exposure and reach sports have on his country.
Follow Manuel on Twitter at @manuelmedina.
Maria Paula Brito, Peru
Paula earned her bachelor’s degree in political science in the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and is now pursuing a master’s degree in Global Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. Passionate about investigative journalism, Paula has published articles related to the environmental impact of the extractive industries in the Peruvian Amazon and Andes mountains, indigenous rights, territorial disputes and social conflicts. Paula has also contributed with CONNECTAS, a non-profit journalism project that promotes the production and dissemination of information on key issues for development in the Americas. Previously, she worked with the Peruvian Press Council, where she focused on projects that defend freedom of speech and promote transparency and access to information within local governments.
Maria Martin Delgado, Brazil
María is a Spanish journalist who started her career at El País, the main newspaper in her country, until the economic crisis there swept her into Brazil. Interested in human rights and international affairs, she is currently based in São Paulo, where she writies on a freelance basis for Folha de S. Paulo and a wide range of media in Spain and Mexico. Maria speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and is currently working on perfecting her English.
Natalia Sedletska, Ukraine
Natalia is a Kiev-based Ukrainian investigative journalist. She hosts a TV-program on corruption in public procurement sphere called “Tender News” at TVi Channel. TVi is the only fully independent television station in Ukraine, in times of curtailing of democracy and the introduction of censorship, TVi journalists courageously tell the public about the true state of affairs in Ukrainian politics and economy. Working at the investigative TV-program in these three years Natalia has been able to expose and made public dozens of facts of corruption in the highest echelons of power. Member of the Global Shapers Community (WEF) – she is a part of Kyiv-based Hub.
Nicky Rehbock, South Africa
Nicky Rehbock is a South African journalist and editor based in Johannesburg. She currently works for the civil society organisation Corruption Watch, which was launched in the country at the beginning of 2012. Nicky’s print and online writing career has taken her from agriculture, to energy trends, to nation-branding and now, to corruption. Her knack of soaking up vast reams of information and communicating the important bits in a compelling, meaningful way has seen her doing work in a number of South African newsrooms for various publications. She has also been involved in training rural teachers across South Africa on how to write and publish articles online.
Her interest in making information accessible to diverse audiences and telling them why they should support action on certain issues drives her work at Corruption Watch.
Parker Mah, Canada
Photographer, journalist and radio show host, Parker Mah has worked freelance in multimedia since 2002, both in Canada and abroad. He has collaborated with a diverse range of media- and community-based organizations including BushRadio (Cape Town), VOICE (Dhaka), the Montreal Life Stories Project, l’Institut du Nouveau Monde, CitizenShift / Parole Citoyenne, Communautique, Alternatives, CKUT, and Canadian Crossroads International. Alternative media, the democratisation of access to technology, and arts-based social activism are favourite topics. He is based in Montreal and is currently working on a feature-length documentary about the identity of young Chinese in Quebec.
Follow Parker on Twitter at @thought_cast.
Piero Boeira Locatelli, Brazil
Piero Locatelli studied journalism at the Universidade de São Paulo, and now is working as a reporter in one of Brazil’s foremost magazines, Carta Capital. He has been covering politics since 2008, and has worked in two of the biggest Brazilian news websites: iG and UOL. Most of his work is related to open data, a rising subject in Brazil with the recent approval of a freedom of information law in the country. He also reported based in China, where he studied for 6 months.
Follow Piero on Twitter at @pierobl.
Rajneesh Bhandari, Nepal
Rajneesh Bhandari is a multimedia journalist based in Nepal. He has more than five years of experience in broadcast journalism and is interested in investigative stories. He has reported on the peace process, conflict, corruption, crime, army integration process, human rights issues, national security and other relevant political events in Nepal. Rajnessh currently works with Kantipur Television, one of the popular television stations in Nepal and is a freelance writer for different Asian and international media outlets.
Follow Rajneesh on Twitter at @rajneeshb.
Ryan Hicks, Canada
Ryan’s passion lies in telling under-reported stories and going wherever they take him. He’s told stories from around the world and across Canada, where he’s reported from Montreal and Ottawa. He is a multi-platform journalist and currently reports for Canada’s largest broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Ryan attended McGill University where he completed a degree in International Development and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. He also holds a Master’s in Journalism from Carleton University. His documentary, After the Handover – which revealed the impacts of the handover of the Panama Canal from U.S. to Panamanian hands – was one of the reasons he was awarded the Rogers Communications Award for the most promising television journalist in 2009.
Follow Ryan on Twitter at @ryhicks.
Ryan Patch, USA
Ryan Patch cut his teeth telling stories in the mountains of Colorado. After graduating from NYU with a degree in Film and Television Production, Ryan traveled to Thailand, Brazil, Russia, and Turkey directing or producing documentary and narrative film projects. When he’s not working on a script or finishing his latest film, you’ll find him scoping out the best halal food in NYC or exploring the north woods of Central Park.
Follow Ryan on Twitter at @d_ryan_patch.
Virginie Ngyuen, Egypt
Born in March 1987, I’m graduated in Journalism at IHECS (Institute of High Studies of Social Communications in Brussels). In 2011, I’ve also attended a semester at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in order to accurate my formation in the field of photojournalism.
I am currently based in Cairo and correspondent photographer for the agency Wostok Press (France) and the Studio HansLucas (France). I’m also working as a photojournalist and multimedia producer for the Egyptian newspaper Egypt Independent.
Since August 2011, Frederic Pauwels, Gaëtan Nerincx and I have created the Collective HUMA that emphasizes social issues and puts forward a humanist photography.
Follow Virginie on Twitter at @vynguyenhoang.
Yinka Adeparusi, Nigeria
Yinka Adeparusi is a photojournalist with National Mirror newspaper in Lagos, Nigeria. He has also worked with The Punch and NewAge newspaper as a reporter and photojournalist. A graduate of Lagos State University School of Communication where he bagged double honours in Photojournalism and Cinematography, he is a multiple award winner whose works expose the ills of his immediate environment and society at large, with a special ‘lens’ for recording the ‘why’ frames.
Follow Yinka on Twitter at @yinkaadeparusi.
Yolaan Begbie, South Africa
Yolaan Begbie is a South African multimedia storyteller currently based in Manhattan, New York. She worked as an on air reporter for eNews (now eNCA), South Africa’s first 24-hour news service, before moving to the U.S. in 2011.
She recently graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with a Masters degree, specialising in political reporting. Yolaan currently works for Africa.com, one of the fastest growing Africa-related sites, with the goal to change the way the world sees the continent. Whilst there she has written on China/Africa relations, the technological boom in countries like Kenya, and the role of the Diaspora and the remittance they send home.
She is proud of her heritage, hopeful about her country’s potential, and feels privileged that she gets to ask questions and tell stories for a living.
Follow Yolaan on Twitter at @ybegbie.
Munza Mushtaqs, Sri Lanka
Munza Mushtaq is a senior journalist from Sri Lanka with more than ten years of writing experience and a former news editor of two leading English language newspapers in Sri Lanka. Mushtaq, born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, has both local and international exposure and covers a wide range of issues in the Sri Lankan political and development arena. She writes extensively on local political developments, human rights dilemmas, energy, environment and health issues, corruption and mismanagement by bureaucrats, which have appeared in both local and foreign media. She has traveled abroad on various programmes, sponsored by leading international organisations in the likes of the Asian Development Bank and the United States Agency for International Development. Mushtaq began her journalism career in 2000 at the Daily Mirror newspaper as a trainee journalist and then joined the Sunday Standard newspaper in 2005 where she served as a senior journalist for nearly one and a half years. In June 2007 she joined The Nation newspaper as its News Editor. She later joined a Sunday newspaper namely the Sunday Leader also as its News Editor. At present, Mushtaq functions as the correspondent for the UK based International News Services and the Asahi Shimbun in Japan. She is also the Managing Editor of Lanka Tribune, an award winning fortnightly Sri Lankan newspaper in Europe.
Tonyo Cruz, Philippines
Tonyo Cruz is a blogger, journalist and activist from Manila, Philippines. A member of Bloggers’ Kapihan, he has blogged since 2002 on tonyocruz.com, a winner of the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards. He has worked on new media and citizen journalism projects, including the Kabataan partylist campaign as well as the #juanvote and 100ARAW.com coverage of the recent presidential elections. He had a brief stint as a reporter for the English-language daily Malaya and for a Japanese newspaper’s Manila bureau. He served on the College Editors Guild of the Philippines from 1995-2000. He has extensive experience working for and with Philippine movements for democracy, human rights and good governance, as well as for activist partylist Members of the Philippine Congress. He helped form TXTPower that year to champion consumer welfare and other causes through technology. He now advocates #betterinternet for Filipino netizens. He currently writes for AsianCorrespondent.com, among others. You may follow him on Twitter at @tonyocruz.
Charlie Saceda, Philippines
Conrado Saceda Jr., better known as Charlie Saceda, has been a photojournalist for more than 12 years. Before returning to the office as Photo Editor for the PECOJON Online Magazine Philippines, Charlie worked as a photojournalist reporting on the many internal conflicts in the southern Philippines where he has extensively covered the military, rebels and terrorism in the region. He finished his photojournalism studies at the Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University and currently works in central Philippines at PECOJON – The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network Philippines which is a network of journalists reporting on conflicts of all categories.
Kornchanok Raksaseris, Thailand
Kornchanok Raksaseri is a reporter for the newspaper The Nation in Thailand for approximately five years. In the meantime, her employer formed a team of young journalists to make the most of digital media as the channels to our readers. As a member of this team, she reports on breaking news for the www.nationmultimedia.com website and writes articles for her blog as well. She mainly covers politics, but with the support of her lovely colleagues, she also covers social, economic, religious and entertainment issues from time to time.
Pooja Shahani, Hong Kong
Pooja Shahani was born and raised in bustling Hong Kong. She has been educated in Hong Kong, India and America respectively. This past year, she was a fellow in India working with a NGO to develop and implement a community radio initiative with rural young persons in villages. During her college years, she discovered a passion for grassroots media as she explored various forms of media, from writing articles to news broadcasting, to radio stories. More recently, she returned to Hong Kong after seven years and as a freelancer.
Wajahat S. Khan, Pakistan
Wajahat S. Khan, also known as Waj, is from Islamabad, Pakistan. He is the only reporter in the country who works for both sides of ‘The Divide’. A keen experimenter of blogging and tweeting, he corresponds for Newsweek Pakistan and India’s Times’ Now TV. He has been a journalist for most of his life, beginning with his high-school‘s school magazine and later for The Michigan Daily (his university paper), Geo TV and Dawn.
Bunga Manggiasih, Indonesia
Bunga Manggiasih is a reporter for the Koran Tempo Daily newspaper and TempoInteraktif.com. In her two years with the company, she’s covered financial issues, the anti-corruption agency KPK and law courts. Although currently stationed in the Presidential Palace and Vice Presidential Palace –of which she converts the Palace’s affairs into news- her true passion is in covering and pushing the anti-corruption movement and good governance. She also blogs in posterous, tumblr, WordPress, and has pooled them in www.bungamanggiasih.com. She mostly writes in Bahasa, Indonesia.
Sophie Mendes, UK
Sophie Mendes is a fundraiser for Christian Aid. Prior to that she was a social media and communications intern with the IACC team in Berlin. Before that she worked at 38 Degrees in London and before that graduated from Sussex University with a BA in Politics and International Relations.
Paula O'Malley, Ireland
Prior to joining the IACC team for the Athens preparations, Paula worked with the Water Integrity Network (WIN), a network devoted to collective action against corruption in the water sector. Paula is a literature graduate from Trinity College Dublin and recipient of a STIBET scholarship where she studied at Universität Konstanz. Paula speaks Irish, German, French and English.