Students in our programs benefit from a team of experienced foreign correspondents.
News Decoder correspondents have worked for the world’s leading media organizations, including Reuters, the Financial Times, CNN, The Times, Bloomberg, the International Herald Tribune and Agence France-Presse. Collectively, they have covered most of the major news events of the past 50 years in politics, wars, economics, diplomacy, corruption and religion. They are also authors, professors, scholars and consultants.
Correspondents share their wealth of knowledge through:
- writing exclusive decoders on a variety of global topics
- mentoring students one-on-one
- advising on student pitches and story development
- participating in webinars and interviews
- sharing tips for careers in journalism.
For one example of how News Decoder correspondents engage with students in our network, watch an excerpt from our latest Parallel (By)Lines conversation between correspondent Helen Womack and student journalist Clover Choi.
On the Front Lines
Meet five of our correspondents in this series by former News Decoder intern Amari Leigh.
MEET OUR CORRESPONDENTS
NATASHA COMEAU is a former fellow in global journalism at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She works on refugee integration in Toronto and holds a Master of Global Affairs degree from the Munk School at the University of Toronto, where she focused her studies on development and global health.
SUSANNE COURTNEY is a freelance journalist and writer based in Canada. A former Fellow in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, her writing focuses primarily on international affairs, international development, and development finance. Recently she authored the 2021 State of the Sector Report on Canada’s Impact Investing in Emerging and Frontier Markets.
MALCOLM DAVIDSON worked for four decades as a journalist in Europe, Asia and Australasia. He served as correspondent with Reuters in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Philippines, and reported widely from other parts of Asia. He also worked in Brussels and most recently was the London-based editor of Reuters’s Front Page multimedia news service.
BERND DEBUSMANN began his international career with Reuters in his native Germany and then moved to postings in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the United States. He reported from more than 100 countries. He was shot twice in the course of his work: once covering a night battle in the center of Beirut and once in an assassination attempt prompted by his reporting on Syria. He now writes from Washington on international affairs.
LEAH EICHLER launched her career as a journalist working for the Jerusalem Report. Her success in the Middle East led to a 13-year career at Reuters, in which she interviewed the famous and infamous alike, including Salman Rushdie, Henry Morgentaler and the Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. Leah subsequently spent seven years as a columnist for the Globe and Mail. She is currently the managing editor of Esoterica Magazine.
NELSON GRAVES is the founder of News Decoder. An experienced educator and administrator, Graves was a correspondent, bureau chief and regional managing editor at Reuters for 24 years, holding posts in Washington, Paris, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Milan and Tokyo. He later served as admissions director at Johns Hopkins University’s graduate program in international relations.
NORMA HILTON is an independent journalist. She has covered everything from murder-suicides to K-pop for outlets like the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and The Toronto Star. She has worked in New York City, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Bangladesh.
SHEFALI MALHOTRA is a health policy researcher based in New Delhi and a graduate of the fellowship in global journalism at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.
BARRY MOODY was a correspondent and editor for Reuters for more than 40 years, based in Italy, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, the United States, Hong Kong and Australasia. He was Africa Editor for 10 years and Middle East editor for seven, during which time he led coverage of the 2003 Iraq war. His assignments took him from covering Pope John Paul and mafia gangs in Italy to head-hunters in Papua New Guinea and conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, plus three football World Cups and three Olympics.
RAFIULLAH NIKZAD is a former reporter with Khurshid TV in Kabul and has also reported for Voice Independent London. Through journalism, he wants to portray the truths of the society and stop oppression and injustice.
SUSAN RUEL worked on the international desks of the Associated Press and United Press International and reported for UPI from Shanghai, San Francisco and Washington. She has written and edited articles and books for the United Nations. She co-authored two French books on U.S. media history and was a Fulbright scholar in West Africa. Since 2005, she has been writing and editing for healthcare non-profits in New York.
TIRA SHUBART is a freelance journalist and media trainer based in London. She has produced television news and trained journalists across four continents for international broadcasters, including BBC News, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Al Jazeera, over several decades.
JOHN WEST has been an educator, journalist, researcher and policy-maker. He is the author of Asian Century… on a Knife-edge and currently teaches at Tokyo’s Sophia University. An Australian national, he is also executive director of the Asian Century Institute. These positions follow major stints at the Australian Treasury, the OECD and Asian Development Bank Institute. He has a master’s degree in Economics from the University of New South Wales.