our correspondents

News Decoder is enriched by a team of experienced correspondents who help young people learn about the world by sharing their knowledge and expertise in educational articles, workshops, webinars and editorial guidance.

News Decoder’s 50 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 five decades and have deep experience covering politics, wars, economics, diplomacy, corruption and religion. They are also authors, professors, scholars and consultants. You can check out their profiles by hovering over their pictures.

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Alan Wheatley

is an economics writer and a founding editor of InFacts. He was Reuters’s global economics correspondent, reporting from more than 40 countries. He is the editor and co-author of the book “The Power of Currencies, Currencies of Power,” which explores the consequences of looming challenges to the dollar’s status as the world’s pre-eminent reserve currency.

 

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Alexander Nicoll

is a writer on defence and European issues. From 2003 to 2015, he was on the staff of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Previously he spent 18 years as a reporter and editor at the Financial Times, including as defence correspondent from 1997 to 2002. He began his career at Reuters as a correspondent.
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Alistair Lyon

worked 30 years for Reuters, mostly covering conflicts as well as political and economic news. He began his reporting career in Lebanon and headed Reuters bureaus in Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan/Afghanistan and Egypt/Sudan. He also spent five years in London as Middle East diplomatic correspondent and five in Beirut as special correspondent.
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Alister Doyle

is a British freelance writer based in Oslo who worked with Reuters for more than three decades as the company’s first environment correspondent. He has worked in more than 50 nations, mostly in Europe and Latin America, and spent a year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a Knight Science Journalism fellowship from 2011-12. 

Alan Wheatley

Alexander Nicoll

Alistair Lyon

Alister Doyle

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Barry Moody

worked for 12 years in Italy as one of Reuters most experienced foreign correspondents and editors. Most recently, he ran Reuters’s editorial operations in Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal at the height of the euro zone debt crisis. He was also  Middle East editor for seven years in which he led coverage of the 2003 Iraq war. 
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Ben Barber

has reported from all over the world since 1980 and written for many newspapers and magazines. He was State Department Bureau Chief for the Washington Times and editor of USAID’s newsletter. He has taught journalism at Georgetown University, and is author of a photojournalism book, “GROUNDTRUTH: At Work, Play and War in the Third World”.
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Betty Wong

was global managing editor of Reuters from 2008-2011, with 29 years of experience at the Wall Street Journal and Reuters. She covered white collar crime on Wall Street from Ivan Boesky to Michael Milken in the 1980s, led U.S. corporate news coverage from the dot com bubble to rubble and was global equities editor for Reuters.
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Bernd Debusmann

is a News-Decoder correspondent and former columnist for Reuters. He has 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.

Barry Moody

Ben Barber

Betty Wong

Bernd Debusmann

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Bernd Debusmann Jr.

is a Washington DC-based journalist. Until July 2020, he was Deputy Editor and Chief Reporter for Arabian Business, a Dubai-based magazine. Previously he worked for the Khaleej Times, Reuters Latin American TV desk in Washington0, and a Reuters text reporter in New York.
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Bryson Hull

is vice president of communications and media at the HBW Resources consulting firm. He spent 17 years in journalism, reporting on politics, business and wars in nearly 20 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America. He has also taught journalism at Loyola University-Chicago.

 

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Charles Aldinger

worked for four decades as a journalist, culminating with 23 covering the Pentagon, U.S. military affairs and international conflict and weaponry for Reuters. He reported from more than 60 countries traveling with U.S. defense secretaries. His UPI and Reuters experience included postings in Buenos Aires and Hong Kong. 
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Colin McIntyre

led Reuters coverage of the end of communism in Eastern Europe as chief correspondent in the region in the late 1980s. During 34 years at Reuters, he covered the last days of the Vietnam War and was posted to Indonesia, Ireland and London.

 

Bernd Debusmann Jr.

Bryson Hull

Charles Aldinger

Colin McIntyre

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David Schlesinger

is the Founder and Managing Director of Tripod Advisors, a consultancy that advises on political risk analysis and strategy. He was Reuters’ global editor-in-chief before becoming chairman of Thomson Reuters China.
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Deborah Charles

was a Reuters correspondent for 24 years. She worked on four continents and was the White House correspondent during the Clinton and Bush presidencies. She covered four U.S. presidential campaigns and six Olympics, and worked in multiple bureaus. She currently is News Editor at Devex.
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Elaine Monaghan

has worked for two decades in international journalism. For Reuters, she was a correspondent in Russia; chief correspondent in Ukraine, Belarus, and Ireland; and U.S. State Department correspondent. She joined The Times in 2002 as Washington correspondent. Currently she is professor of practice at Indiana University’s Media School.
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Enrique Shore

is a photographer with three decades experience covering World Cups, Olympics, presidential elections, summits and the first Gulf War. He was Reuters chief photographer for multiple countries. Shore is currently an independent photographer, editor and consultant based in New York.

David Schlesinger

Deborah Charles

Elaine Monaghan

Enrique Shore

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Feizal Samath

covered for Reuters. A journalist for nearly four decades, he recently covered economic development in Sri Lanka for a newspaper in Colombo. A social activist and guitarist, Samath founded a concert series that has raised millions of rupees for children’s charities.
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Gene Gibbons

covered six U.S presidents during his career with Reuters and UPI. He was president of the Radio-Television Correspondents Association and served as a Presidential Debate panelist in 1992. An ex-U.S. Army officer, he once served as press aide to U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

 

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Harvey Morris

was a foreign correspondent for Reuters, The Independent and Financial Times. He covered revolutions, wars, politics and diplomacy in many countries for more than 40 years as a journalist. He has written three books on the Middle East and is co-author of  “No Friends But the Mountains: The Tragic History of the Kurds.”
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Helen Womack

is a specialist on former Communist countries. From 1985-2015, she reported from Moscow for Reuters, The Independent, The Times and the Fairfax newspapers of Australia. Since the refugee crisis of 2015, she has written for the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, about how refugees are settling in Europe.

 

Feizal Samath

Gene Gibbons

Harvey Morris

Helen Womack

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Jeremy Lovell

was a correspondent for Reuters for more than 23 years in Europe, Asia and Africa. He covered Dutch, Belgian, British and South African elections, the EU’s Exchange Rate Mechanism crisis, Belgian pedophile murders, NATO going to war for the first time, Zimbabwean farm invasions and climate change, energy and the environment.
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Jeremy Solomons

is a global leadership consultant, based in Kigali, Rwanda, where he writes a regular “Leading Rwanda” column for the New Times newspaper. In the past, he was a Reuters reporter in Hong Kong, New York and Frankfurt. Born and educated in the United Kingdom and naturalized in the United States, Rwanda is the ninth country he has lived in.
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Jessica Moody

is an ESRC-funded PhD candidate in the War Studies department at Kings College London, researching post-conflict peace-building in Côte d’Ivoire. Moody is also a research assistant for the atrocity prevention project at the Holocaust Memorial Museum and works as a freelance political risk analyst focusing on west and central Africa.
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Jim Wolf

reported from Thailand for Agence France-Presse from 1980 to 1986. He later covered international security issues and the U.S. military-industrial-cyber complex as a Reuters correspondent in Washington.

Jeremy Lovell

Jeremy Solomons

Jessica Moody

Jim Wolf

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John Mehaffey

has worked for four decades as a journalist in New Zealand, Australia and Britain. He wrote extensively on sports news including drugs in sport, the readmission of South Africa to international sport and corruption in cricket. He was appointed Chief Sports Reporter in 2001.
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Jonathan Lyons

was a correspondent and editor at Reuters for 21 years. He has a doctorate from Monash University and is the author of four books, including Answering Only to God: Faith & Freedom in 21st-Century Iran.  
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Jonathan Sharp

joined Reuters after studying Chinese at university. That degree served him well, leading to two spells in Beijing. A 30-year career also took him to North America, the Middle East and South Africa, covering everything from wars to high-tech to the Olympics. His favorite posting was to Hong Kong, where he currently lives.

 

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Jonathan Thatcher

is former Reuters bureau chief for Indonesia and East Timor. He was also bureau chief in Korea, the Philippines and Russia. During more than 37 years in journalism, he was also based in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Britain, and reported from Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

John Mehaffey

Jonathan Lyons

Jonathan Sharp

Jonathan Thatcher

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Julian Nundy

joined Reuters in 1970. As a staffer for Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, The Independent and Bloomberg, he covered the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the assassination of Egypt’s Anwar Sadat, conflict in Bosnia and the Ukrainian Orange Revolution.
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Natasha Comeau

is a 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 Masters of Global Affairs from the Munk School at the University of Toronto, where she focused her studies on development and global health.
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Nelson Graves

is the founder of News Decoder. He is 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.
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Paul Radford

was sports editor for 12 years at the end of a career that included assignments in Germany and Paris. Formerly a consultant to the International Olympic Committee, he served on the IOC’s press commission for 15 years and was editor-in-chief of the official Olympic News service at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Julian Nundy

Natasha Comeau

Nelson Graves

Paul Radford

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Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

is a Geneva-based writer who has lived and worked in more than 80 countries, including long stints in Southeast Asia. He has written 14 books; the latest, Dead but Still Kicking: Encounters with Mediums, Shamans, and Spirits, was published by Explorer’s Eye Press in May 2019. He can be contacted at www.sochaczewski.com.
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Lizan Nijkrake

is a journalist and tutor in Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam. She is a former diplomat and fellow in global journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She covers international affairs, human rights and migration, with a focus on Europe.
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Maggie Fox

has been reporting on health and science for more than 20 years and before that covered conflict, politics and other international events from London, Hong Kong and Beirut. She covered the cloning of Dolly the sheep, Ebola epidemics, stem cell technology, vaccine controversies and other stories for Reuters, National Journal and NBC News. She lives in Washington, DC.
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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.

 

Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

Lizan Nijkrake

Maggie Fox

Malcolm Davidson

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Martin Langfield

served as a Reuters correspondent in El Salvador and Mexico from 1990 to 1997, with reporting and training assignments to Chile, Nicaragua, Peru and Argentina through 2008. He was a Latin America columnist for Reuters Breakingviews from 2015 to 2019, based in New York. He is also a published novelist and occasional drummer.
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Randall Mikkelsen

has more than two decades reporting and editing political and economic stories for Reuters, including seven years covering the White House and postings in Stockholm and Philadelphia. He helped cover the 9/11 attacks in the United States, two U.S. presidential campaigns, a U.S. presidential impeachment, Guantanamo terrorism trials and the 2008 financial crisis.
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Rashad Mammadov

is a Communication and Journalism professor at the University of the Fraser Valley. Born in Azerbaijan, he worked as a journalist in Baku in the early 2000’s. His experience covering the geopolitics of the Middle East and former Soviet States led to his choice of academic career with a focus on media-government relations. He holds two master’s degrees and a PhD in Mass Communications.
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Robert Hart

was a correspondent and regional editor for Reuters for more than 35 years. He was also Asian News Editor based in Singapore and Latin America Editor based in Buenos Aires.

Martin Langfield

Randall Mikkelsen

Rashad Mammadov

Robert Hart

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Robert Holloway

had a long career at Agence France-Presse as a journalist and editor before becoming director of the AFP Foundation. He is a member of the board of News-Decoder’s governing not-for-profit.
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Sarah Edmonds

has been a journalist for three decades. She spent 27 years with Reuters in seven countries on three continents as a reporter, news editor, bureau chief and news operations manager. 
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Stella Mapenzauswa

is a Johannesburg-based journalist, media consultant and trainer who covered economics and politics in southern Africa, including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Malawi, for Reuters for more than two decades. She has conducted workshops for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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Stuart Grudgings

reported from dozens of countries in a 19-year career with Reuters. As Malaysia bureau chief, he contributed to a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of stories on the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims.

Robert Holloway

Sarah Edmonds

Stella Mapenzauswa

Stuart Grudgings

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Sue Landau

is a retired journalist and translator based in Paris, France. Her editing and reporting career was mainly in financial and business journalism at the International Herald Tribune, Reuters and the Investor’s Chronicle. She now contributes articles on climate change issues to News Decoder. 
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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.
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Tara Heidger

is a U.S. Army veteran and recent graduate of Columbia University where she received a Masters in International Affairs and a Masters in Urban Planning. Her reporting focuses on conflict and urbanization in the Global South. Heidger is a 2020 Fellow in Global Journalism at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
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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. 

Sue Landau

Susan Ruel

Tara Heidger

Tira Shubart

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Tiziana Barghini

was a correspondent and editor in Europe and the United States for more than two decades, reporting on Popes, mobsters, fraud and political crises. She led Reuters’s coverage of the euro crisis in southern Europe before moving to New York where she tackled the U.S. political economy including Detroit’s bankruptcy and the beleaguered U.S. public pension system.
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Tom Heneghan

was a correspondent, bureau chief, regional news editor and global religion editor during his 40 years at Reuters, with postings in Vienna, Geneva, Islamabad, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Bonn and Paris. Based in Paris, he now writes regularly for The Tablet in London and Religion News Service in Washington.

Tiziana Barghini

Tom Heneghan

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