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CPJ is made up of about 40 experts around the world, with headquarters in New York City.

 
View MoreView Less Joel Simon 
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Joel Simon
Joel Simon 
Joel Simon has been executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists since 2006. Simon has led the organization through a period of expansion, notably in recent years, growing CPJ’s network of global correspondents, creating a new North America program focused on press freedom advocacy in the United States, and helping to develop an Emergency Response Team focused on safety and direct assistance to journalists in crisis around the world. Simon has participated in CPJ missions from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Under his leadership, CPJ has been honored with numerous awards, including the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights, a News & Documentary Emmy, and the 2018 Chatham House Prize, given for the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year. Simon has written widely on press freedom issues for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian. and The Wall Street Journal. He is regular columnist for Columbia Journalism Review. Simon has appeared on international broadcasters including CNN, the BBC, NPR, FOX News, and Al Jazeera, and has participated in speeches and panels from United Nations to the Newseum, and at academic institutions ranging from Stanford University to Beloit College. Prior to joining CPJ in 1997 as Americas program coordinator, Simon worked for a decade as a freelance journalist in Latin America. He covered the Guatemalan civil war, the Zapatista uprising in Southern Mexico, the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the economic turmoil in Cuba following the collapse of the Soviet Union. A graduate of Amherst College and Stanford University, he is the author of Endangered Mexico: An Environment on the Edge (Sierra Club Books, 1997), The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom (Columbia University Press 2015); and We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages, and Ransom (Columbia Global Reports 2018). Follow him on Twitter @joelcpj.

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View MoreView Less Robert Mahoney 
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Robert Mahoney
Robert Mahoney 
Mahoney joined CPJ in August 2005 as senior editor and became CPJ’s deputy director in January 2007. He has worked as a journalist in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He reported on politics and economics for Reuters news agency from Brussels and Paris in the late 1970s, and from Southeast Asia in the early 1980s. Mahoney covered South Asia from Delhi for three years from 1985, reporting on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination, the civil war in Sri Lanka, and the fallout from the Soviet presence in Afghanistan. In 1988, he became Reuters bureau chief for West and Central Africa, based in the Ivory Coast and spending considerable time in Liberia covering the civil war. He served as Reuters Jerusalem bureau chief from 1990 to 1997, directing print and, later, television coverage of the Palestinian intifada, the Iraqi missile attacks on Israel, the Oslo peace process, and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Mahoney worked as chief correspondent in Germany from 1997 to 1999 before moving to London to become news editor of politics and general news for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2004, he taught journalism for the Reuters Foundation in the Middle East, and worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch.

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View MoreView Less Elana Beiser 
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
Elana Beiser
Elana Beiser 
Elana Beiser oversees all of CPJ’s news, data, and multimedia. She runs CPJ’s team of editors and producers, and edits in-depth reports including “One Country, One Censor: How China undermines media freedom in Hong Kong and Taiwan” and CPJ’s landmark reports on press freedom in the United States, “The Obama Administration and the Press: Leak investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America” and “The Trump Administration and the Media: Attacks on press credibility endanger US democracy and global press freedom.” She serves as story editor on CPJ’s videos and has spearheaded several website redesigns. She developed a database of journalists who are killed, imprisoned, or go missing because of their work. She joined CPJ as senior editor in 2011. Previously, Beiser edited international and business news for 14 years for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires in New York, London, Singapore, Brussels, and Hong Kong. She developed, launched, and managed the Asian edition of WSJ.com and led the integration of the Hong Kong newsroom’s print and digital operations. She is a native of Kansas City and a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans. Follow her on Twitter @elanabeiser.

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Courtney C. Radsch 
Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists. She serves as chief spokesperson on global press freedom issues for the organization and oversees CPJ’s engagement with the United Nations, the Internet Governance Forum, and other multilateral institutions as well as CPJ’s campaigns on behalf of journalists killed and imprisoned for their work. As a veteran journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate, she frequently writes and speaks about the intersection of media, technology, and human rights. Her book Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence and Political Change was published in 2016. Prior to joining CPJ, Radsch worked for UNESCO, edited the flagship publication “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development,” and managed the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign at Freedom House. She has worked as a journalist in the United States and Middle East with Al-Arabiya, the Daily Star, and The New York Times. Radsch holds a PhD in international relations from American University. She speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish. Follow her on Twitter @courtneyr.

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View MoreView Less John Weis 
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND OUTREACH
John Weis
John Weis 
John Weis joined CPJ in April 2004. He directs all fund-raising activities of the organization, both annual support and campaign contributions. He has a long and successful record as a fund-raiser, having most recently served as the deputy director of development at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). Weis has held fund-raising positions at WNYC Radio, the New York Public Library, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has a B.S. in Commerce from Rider University.

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View MoreView Less María Salazar Ferro 
EMERGENCIES DIRECTOR
María Salazar Ferro
María Salazar-Ferro 
Salazar Ferro became director of CPJ’s Emergencies Department in October 2016. She oversees CPJ’s assistance and safety work worldwide. In 2018, she was elected president of the board of the ACOS (A Culture of Safety) Alliance, a coalition formed in 2015 that improves protections for freelance journalists. Salazar Ferro joined CPJ in 2005, and has served as coordinator for the Journalist Assistance Program and the Global Campaign Against Impunity, and as senior research associate for the Americas program. Salazar Ferro has spearheaded international coalitions to support journalists in distress in East Africa and in Syria. She has written about exiled, missing, and murdered journalists. She has represented CPJ on missions to Mexico, Kenya, Turkey and the Philippines, among others, and served on the IFEX counsel from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining CPJ, Salazar Ferro worked as a researcher for the United Nations Fund for Population Aid and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and as an associate reporter for Inter-Press Services in New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from Los Andes University in Bogotá. She is fluent in French and Spanish. Read Maria Salazar Ferro’s blog.

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Carlos Martinez de la Serna 
Carlos Martinez de la Serna joined CPJ as program director in 2018. Prior to CPJ, he worked as a reporter and digital journalist in the U.S., Spain, and Japan, covering issues including current affairs, biomedical research, and North Korea’s nuclear program. He is a founding member of the mapping startup Carto, co-founder of the nonprofit organization porCausa, and a former director of digital innovation at Univision News. Martinez de la Serna is a research fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and a former John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University.

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View MoreView Less Angela Quintal 
AFRICA PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Angela Quintal
Angela Quintal 
Before joining CPJ in 2016, Angela Quintal worked as an editor and journalist for more than two decades in South Africa. She was the editor of Mail and Guardian, one of South Africa’s leading investigative newspapers. She also edited The Witness and The Mercury newspapers and held several senior positions in South African newsrooms, including group political editor at the Independent Newspaper Group and parliamentary editor for the then-national news agency, the SA Press Association. Quintal changed direction from a career in human rights and constitutional law to become a journalist in 1992 during South Africa’s transition to democracy. She was presidential correspondent during Nelson Mandela’s term as South Africa’s first democratically elected president and traveled extensively. She has served as the secretary-general and treasurer of the SA National Editors’ Forum and before joining CPJ was media freedom committee chair in South Africa for Wan-Ifra’s program on strengthening media and society. Quintal holds a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Laws from Rhodes University. Follow her on Twitter @angelaquintal.

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View MoreView Less Jonathan Rozen 
SENIOR AFRICA RESEARCHER
Jonathan Rozen
Jonathan Rozen 
Jonathan Rozen reports, conducts advocacy, and coordinates emergency response across Sub-Saharan Africa. Since joining CPJ in February 2017, he has led research and advocacy trips to Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Liberia. Previously, Rozen worked in South Africa, Mozambique, and Canada with the Institute for Security Studies, assessing Mozambican peacebuilding processes. He also wrote analyses for the think tank adelphi on links between climate action and conflict prevention in Mali, Liberia, and Kenya. Rozen was a U.N. correspondent for IPS News and has written for Al-Jazeera English and the International Peace Institute. His work has also appeared in Quartz, Africa Portal, Global Peace Operations Review, Africa Conflict Monitor, the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, and the Daily Maverick. Rozen has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from McGill University and a master’s degree in global affairs from the University of Toronto, where he also served as a social worker. He speaks English and French. Follow him on Twitter @Rozen_J.

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View MoreView Less Katherine Jacobsen 
U.S. RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Katherine Jacobsen
Katherine Jacobsen 
Katherine Jacobsen joined CPJ in 2017 as the news editor. Previously, Jacobsen wrote for The Associated Press in Moscow where she reported on nuclear waste dumping, climbing HIV rates among drug users, and Russia’s air campaign in Syria. She has also worked in Ukraine where she covered the Maidan protests, Crimea’s annexation, the separatist takeover of Donetsk, and reform efforts in Kiev for outlets including Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, Foreign Policy, and Al Jazeera English. Jacobsen has a bachelor’s degree in Slavic languages and literature from Northwestern University and a master’s of science in journalism from Columbia University. She speaks Russian and is proficient in French.

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View MoreView Less Natalie Southwick 
SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICAS PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Natalie Southwick
Natalie Southwick 
Natalie Southwick was named CPJ’s South and Central Americas program coordinator in 2018. She joined CPJ as its Americas research associate in 2017. Prior to joining CPJ, she was based in Bogotá, Colombia, where she was a member of Witness for Peace’s international accompaniment team, a reporting specialist with ACDI/VOCA’s Afro-Colombian and Indigenous program, and the editor of a website focused on Latin American news. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Chicago Reporter, InSight Crime, RioOnWatch, and elsewhere. She has a master’s degree in international human rights from the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She has lived in Colombia, Argentina, and Brazil, and speaks fluent Spanish and intermediate Portuguese.

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View MoreView Less Steven Butler 
ASIA PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Steven Butler
Steven Butler 
Steven Butler has worked as a journalist throughout Asia, writing for the Financial Times and The Christian Science Monitor from South Korea in the mid-1980s, before joining the staff of the Financial Times and reporting in Southeast Asia, London and Tokyo, including regular reporting visits to China. He lived in Tokyo for a decade, later joining U.S. News & World Report, and returning to Washington, where he served as foreign editor at Knight Ridder’s Washington bureau during the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Prior to joining CPJ in 2016, Butler served as executive director at the Institute of Current World Affairs, where he worked with institute fellows throughout the world, including in South and East Asia, and as senior editor and writer at the online magazine OZY.com. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and has lived and worked in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.

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View MoreView Less Aliya Iftikhar 
SENIOR ASIA RESEARCHER
Aliya Iftikhar
Aliya Iftikhar 
Aliya Iftikhar joined CPJ in 2017 as its Asia research associate. Prior to that, she served as a research assistant at the Middle East Institute and interned at the U.S. Department of State. She has also worked with Amnesty International and has written for Vice News. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the editor of The Badger Herald. She is fluent in Urdu and proficient in Arabic. Follow her on Twitter @aliyazeba.

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View MoreView Less Gulnoza Said 
EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Gulnoza Said
Gulnoza Said 
Gulnoza Said is a journalist and communications professional with over 15 years of experience in New York, Prague, Bratislava, and Tashkent. She has covered issues including politics, media, religion, and human rights with a focus on Central Asia, Russia, and Turkey. Follow her on Twitter @gulnozas.

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View MoreView Less Elena Rodina 
EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Elena Rodina
Elena Rodina 
Elena Rodina, a native of Kazan, Russia, worked as a Moscow-based sociopolitical correspondent for Ogoniok, one of the oldest weekly Russian magazines, and Esquire Russia. Her journalism and research have been published in Caucasus Survey, Digital Ethics, Time Out Chicago, Newcity, Media and Communication, and Zeitschrift fur Slavische Philologie, among other outlets. Rodina holds a PhD in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, and an MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from the University of Oregon, in addition to her bachelor’s degree in Romanic-Germanic Philology from Russia’s Kazan Federal (former State) University. She has conducted research in global political communication and sociology of media, with a focus on the North and South Caucasus, including Dagestan, Chechnya, and Armenia. Her scholarly background includes teaching a seminar on censorship and global media and working as a subject matter expert at a Master of Science in Communication program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In addition to her native Russian, Elena is fluent in English and Spanish, and speaks French.

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View MoreView Less Sherif Mansour 
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Sherif Mansour
Sherif Mansour 
Sherif Mansour is an Egyptian-American democracy and human rights activist. Before joining CPJ, he worked with Freedom House, in Washington, D.C., where he managed advocacy training for activists from the Middle East and North Africa. In 2010, Mansour co-founded the Egyptian Association for Change, a Washington-based nonprofit group that mobilizes Egyptians in the U.S. to support democracy and human rights in Egypt. He has monitored the Egyptian elections for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies and has worked as a freelance journalist. In 2004, he was honored by the Al-Kalema Center for Human Rights for his work in defending freedom of expression in Egypt. Mansour has authored several articles and conducted research studies on civil society and the role of the new media and civil society in achieving democracy. He was named one of the top 99 young foreign policy professionals in 2013 by the Diplomatic Courier. He received his master’s in international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and his bachelor’s in education from Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He speaks Arabic fluently. Follow him on Twitter @sherifmnsour.

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View MoreView Less Justin Shilad 
SENIOR MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA RESEARCHER
Justin Shilad
Justin Shilad 
Justin Shilad joined CPJ as its Middle East and North Africa research associate in 2017. He previously worked as an editor and freelance reporter, including at the Egypt Independent in Cairo, and assisted in the resettlement of refugees in Egypt and Kenya. Shilad has a bachelor’s degree in international studies and literature from American University in Washington, and a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Follow him on Twitter @jshilad.

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View MoreView Less Ahmed Zidan 
DIGITAL MANAGER
Ahmed Zidan
Ahmed Zidan 
Ahmed Zidan joined CPJ in 2017 as its digital manager. Prior to that, he was the social media editor of Radio Netherlands Worldwide, where he worked between Hilversum and New York. He was also a reporter and contributor to the Arabic desk at RNW (Huna Sotak) on tech, social media, and social and political issues in the U.S. and the Middle East, and was the editor of ArabNet, where he wrote about entrepreneurship and startups. Zidan was the editor of Mideast Youth (MEY), a digital platform that advocates for freedom of speech and expression and defends minorities in the MENA region, which won the 2011 Best of Blogs (BOBs) Award from Deutsche Welle. Zidan has a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from Cairo University. He is fluent in Arabic and English. Follow him on Twitter. His public PGP encryption key can be found here.

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View MoreView Less Jennifer Dunham 
DEPUTY EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
Jennifer Dunham
Jennifer Dunham 
Jennifer Dunham joined CPJ as deputy editorial director in May 2018. Prior to CPJ, she worked for six years at Freedom House–including more than two years as the research director for the organization’s flagship Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press publications–and was a lead researcher and spokesperson for the press freedom project. Previously, she was the managing editor of Facts On File World News Digest, a weekly chronicle of world events, where she also wrote news stories on a range of topics. Dunham holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in international relations from New York University. Follow her on Twitter @jendunham22.

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 Naomi Zeveloff 
Naomi Zeveloff joined CPJ as features editor in July 2020. From 2014 to 2020 she reported from Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, producing stories on Israeli settler youth, Trump’s Middle East policy, and solar panel use in Gaza for outlets such as NPR, PRI’s The World, The Atlantic, and others. She previously worked at The Forward as Middle East correspondent and deputy culture editor. Originally from Ogden, Utah, she began her career in journalism in the American West, reporting for newsweeklies in Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Dallas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The Colorado College and a Master of Arts in political journalism from Columbia Journalism School. Follow her on Twitter @NaomiZeveloff 

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Erik Crouch 
Erik Crouch joined CPJ as news editor in January 2019. Previously, he worked as an editor at the Council on Foreign Relations. Before that, he worked as an editor and reporter in China, where he covered daily news with a focus on the region’s technology sector. He has a bachelor’s degree from New York University, and speaks Spanish and Mandarin.

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View MoreView Less Kerry Paterson 
DEPUTY ADVOCACY DIRECTOR
Kerry Paterson
Kerry Paterson 
Kerry Paterson is deputy director of advocacy at the Committee to Protect Journalists. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the Advocacy Department while working with the Director of Advocacy to set and guide CPJ’s advocacy and communication efforts. She regularly represents the organization, speaking on global press freedom issues and traveling on missions. She joined CPJ in 2014, and has served as advocacy and communications manager, and as a senior research associate for the Africa program. Prior to joining CPJ, Paterson worked with the Initiative for Conflict-Related Trauma, Médecins Sans Frontières, the Women’s Media Center’s Women Under Siege Project, and with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Global Health and Human Rights. She and has engaged in human rights-related work and research in East and Central Africa, and the Balkans. Paterson was an associate editor of the Journal for International Law and International Relations, and conducted research with the Global Justice Lab to examine the manipulation of law by perpetrators of violence against women. She holds a master’s in global affairs from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in peace and conflict studies. She is fluent in French. Follow her on Twitter @kerrykpaterson.

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View MoreView Less Michael De Dora 
WASHINGTON ADVOCACY MANAGER
Michael De Dora
Michael De Dora 
Michael De Dora is Washington advocacy manager at the Committee to Protect Journalists. He leads efforts to advance press freedom around the world with the U.S. government and other policymakers in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining CPJ, he served as director of government affairs and as the main representative to the United Nations at the Center for Inquiry, where he managed a range of domestic and international advocacy initiatives to advance freedom of conscience and religious liberty. Michael was twice elected president of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief in New York and is a member of the international board of directors for the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom. He has a master’s degree in political science from Brooklyn College and a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication from the University at Albany. He started his career as an editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @mdedora.

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View MoreView Less Beatrice Santa-Wood 
COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE
Beatrice Santa-Wood
Beatrice Santa-Wood 
Santa-Wood joined CPJ as communications associate in 2017. She previously served as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Gaziantep, Turkey, and as an AmeriCorps volunteer at a rape crisis center in Virginia. Santa-Wood has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Beloit College and a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University. She was senior editor at the Columbia Journal of International Affairs and interned with Internews in Kiev, Ukraine. Santa-Wood co-authored reports for the Open Society Foundations and a chapter in the Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights.

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View MoreView Less Yeganeh Rezaian 
ADVOCACY ASSOCIATE
Yeganeh Rezaian
Yeganeh Rezaian 
Yeganeh Rezaian is an Iranian journalist living in Washington, D.C. She previously worked as the communications director at the World Affairs Council-Washington, D.C. and has written pieces for The Washington Post and The Lily. While living in Iran, Rezaian covered Iranian political, social, and economic news for Bloomberg News and The National until she and her husband, the former Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian, were detained by Iranian authorities in 2014. Rezaian was jailed for 72 days, and then fought for her husband’s freedom, which was not granted until January 2016.

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View MoreView Less Shazdeh Omari 
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Shazdeh Omari
Shazdeh Omari 
Shazdeh Omari joined CPJ in 2011 and served as deputy editor for news and later news editor, before joining the development department in 2015. She was the copy chief at The Village Voice for four years and has worked as a reporter, writer, editor, medical editor, and copy editor in the United States and Greece. Prior to her career in publishing, she taught English at Western Connecticut State University and reported, wrote, and produced radio features as an intern at United Nations Radio. Omari was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, where she learned to read, speak, and write Urdu. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology and a master’s degree in English-TESOL. Follow her on Twitter @shazdehz.

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View MoreView Less Philip Eubanks 
MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER
Philip Eubanks
Philip Eubanks 
Philip W. Eubanks joined CPJ in 2019. Prior to joining the development team, Philip worked in fundraising for CNEWA, a papal agency that provides humanitarian support to hospitals, medical clinics, schools, and refugee camps in areas facing conflict. While there he served on the UN NGO Committee on Migration and reviewed CNEWA’s work across rural Lebanon and near the Syrian border. Before working with CNEWA, Philip served two years in Morocco with the United States Peace Corps during the height of the Arab Spring. He graduated with a master’s degree in theology from Vanderbilt University and has studied at both Wabash College and the University of Aberdeen.

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View MoreView Less Tanya Somasundaram 
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Tanya Somasundaram
Tanya Somasundaram 
Tanya Somasundaram became CPJ’s development associate after first joining CPJ as its development assistant in 2016. She completed her master’s degree in media studies at The New School in August 2016. In 2013, she obtained her bachelor’s in communications at John Cabot University in Rome, where she lived and studied for four years. Prior to joining CPJ, she did nonprofit work in the Washington, D.C., area and spent time as an intern in film and production in New York.

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View MoreView Less Madinah Diallo 
DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
Madinah Diallo
Madinah Diallo 
Madinah Diallo joined CPJ as a development assistant in 2020. Prior to joining CPJ, she worked for Grizzlies Prep, a school supported by the NBA team Memphis Grizzlies. She has also worked for the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, and Attajdid Journal, Morocco’s national newspaper. Diallo has a bachelor’s degree in international relations & journalism, media, and communications from Mount Holyoke College. She speaks Arabic, Hindi-Urdu, and French.

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BOARD LIAISON AND ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Andrés Fernández Carrasco
Andrés Fernández Carrasco 
Andrés joined CPJ in the summer of 2019. Previously, he conducted research and educational outreach for nonprofit and academic projects including the Association for the Recuperation of Historical Memory, Democracy Works, the Latino Family Engagement and Language Development Lab at New York University, and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. He has performed transcription and translation work for cultural institutions throughout New York City, such as the Museum of the City of New York, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Spanish Benevolent Society, and Mil Mundos Books, and has served as a research assistant for a professor of history at NYU. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, where he double-majored in Letters and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, and has studied at the University of Salamanca and the University of Buenos Aires.

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PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Ludi Nsimba
Ludi Nsimba 
Ludi Nsimba joined CPJ in March 2019 as the program assistant, providing programmatic, operational, and research support to all CPJ programs. From 2013-2015, she served in the U.S Peace Corps in Cameroon as health community educator, working to strengthen community support and access to health information. She worked previously as a case manager and in special events and public relations in public health, sustainable development, media relations, project management, and fieldwork in Africa and Central America. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Saint Peter’s University.

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View MoreView Less Margaret Abam-DePass 
ACTING DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Margaret Abam-DePass
Margaret Abam-DePass 
Margaret Abam-DePass, CPJ’s acting director of finance and administration, has worked in not-for-profit organizations for 15 years. Prior to joining CPJ in 2010 as the Business and Accounting Manager, she worked as a staff accountant at both the PEN American Center in New York and at Friends of Firefighters, a Brooklyn-based organization. She also spent eight years as the office manager for the New York-based Association for Business Communication. A native of Cameroon, Abam-DePass received her bachelor’s in accounting from Kean University in New Jersey.

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View MoreView Less Marlene Arias 
FINANCE AND OPERATIONS MANAGER
Marlene Arias
Marlene Arias 
Marlene Arias joined CPJ in 2020. She has worked in operations and finance at several schools around New York City and has worked for Planned Parenthood for its research and development department. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s from St. John’s University and is fluent in Spanish.

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View MoreView Less Lucy Westcott 
JAMES W. FOLEY EMERGENCIES RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Lucy Westcott
Lucy Westcott 
Lucy Westcott joined CPJ in 2018 as the James W. Foley Fellow. During her fellowship, Westcott focused on safety issues for women journalists in non-hostile environments. As James W. Foley Emergencies Research Associate, she continues to report on journalist safety, and assist with the creation of safety resources for journalists globally. Prior to joining CPJ, Westcott was a staff writer for Newsweek, where she covered gender and immigration. She has reported for outlets including The Intercept, Bustle, The Atlantic, and Women Under Siege, and was a United Nations correspondent for the Inter Press Service. As a fellow with the International Reporting Project in 2016, Westcott wrote about gender and development in South Africa and Lesotho. She has reported from Egypt, Jordan, Cameroon, and the U.S. She has a master’s in multi-platform journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

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View MoreView Less Rebecca Redelmeier 
AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT ASSOCIATE
Rebecca Redelmeier
Rebecca Redelmeier 
Rebecca Redelmeier joined CPJ in September 2019 as the audience engagement associate. Previously, she developed reports and data stories about how online audiences engage with content for NewsWhip. She has also worked as a reporter for Daily Maverick in South Africa through a partnership with Round Earth Media, and won an Overseas Press Club Foundation fellowship for her reporting on health and gender in Cape Town. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and is originally from Toronto.

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View MoreView Less Caroline Tynan 
MELLON/ACLS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
Caroline Tynan
Caroline Tynan 
Caroline Tynan joined CPJ in 2019 as a Mellon/ACLS postdoctoral fellow. In her role as research manager, she coordinates research across CPJ’s regional teams to track global trends in threats to the press, including the criminalization of journalism through governments’ manipulation of laws ostensibly passed to counter terrorism, cybercrime, and fake news. Tynan earned a PhD in political science with a focus on authoritarian regimes and international security at Temple University, where her dissertation compared Saudi foreign policy as a regime survival strategy post-2011 with the Nasserist period. She has taught political science and worked as a fellow at Temple’s Digital Scholarship Center, where she collaborated on Web scraping projects aimed at tracing xenophobic state propaganda.

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PATTI BIRCH FELLOW FOR DATA JOURNALISM
Coral N. Negrón Almodóvar
Coral N. Negrón Almodóvar 
Coral Negrón is a data journalist with experience in hyperlocal reporting, data analysis, coding, and information design. She covered the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico for Univision Noticias and was a data reporter for the news sites La Isla Oeste and La Perla del Sur. In the summer of 2019, she worked as a data journalism intern for the Open Technology Institute of New America. Negrón holds a BA in political science, modern languages, and gender from the University of Puerto Rico, and graduated from Columbia Journalism School’s Lede 24 Program.

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International Program Network

 
View MoreView Less Tom Gibson 
EUROPEAN UNION REPRESENTATIVE AND ADVOCACY MANAGER
Tom Gibson
Tom Gibson 
Tom Gibson joined the Committee to Protect Journalists in January 2017 and is CPJ’s lead advocate in Brussels covering the institutions of the European Union. Between 2014 and 2016, Gibson managed Protection International’s Burundi and Congo desks, advocating for stronger state accountability for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists as well as developing emergency responses and protection measures. Previously, he worked in Amnesty International’s Africa program from 2005 to 2014, based in London and Nairobi. He worked as a campaigner on the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa regions, and then as a researcher on the Great Lakes. In both roles, he was responsible for leading the international response when journalists were harassed, intimidated, detained, or killed, engaging with state authorities in the region as well as with governments and multilateral organizations in Brussels, Geneva, London, Paris, and Washington. He is the author of numerous Amnesty International reports and publications on human rights abuses including crimes under international law and violations relating to freedom of expression, association, and assembly. He is fluent in French and is a graduate from the University of Sussex.

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View MoreView Less Attila Mong 
EUROPE CORRESPONDENT
Attila Mong
Attila Mong 
Attila Mong is CPJ’s Berlin-based Europe correspondent. A freelance journalist and a consultant for German media development organization DW Akademie, he is also a supervisory board member of atlatszo.hu, a crowdfunded investigative journalism platform in his native Hungary. Mong has worked as an investigative journalist, radio broadcaster, and columnist for 20 years. In 2013, he completed a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, a program focused on leadership and innovation in journalism. In 2011, he was a visiting research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Mong is the author of several investigative books in Hungary and was awarded the Pulitzer Memorial Prize for Best Investigative Journalism in 2004 and the Soma Investigative Journalism Prize in 2003.

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JOURNALIST SAFETY SPECIALIST
Colin Pereira
Colin Pereira 
Pereira serves as CPJ’s chief strategist on journalist safety. For more than 15 years, he has worked to shape the risk management model for journalists operating under threat. He is a Director at HP Risk Management, a consultancy assisting companies and media organisations operating in fragile environments. Previously he was head of security for ITN and Deputy Head of BBC High Risk Team. Pereira has advised teams of journalists covering wars, natural disasters, terrorism and riots globally, and has worked on high risk investigations. Colin Pereira was also a journalist for BBC Newsnight and BBC Current Affairs.

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View MoreView Less Iris Hsu 
CHINA CORRESPONDENT
Iris Hsu
Iris Hsu 
Iris Hsu joined CPJ as its China correspondent in 2017. Prior to joining CPJ, she interned at Human Rights Watch, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, and the Atlantic Council. Hsu obtained her master’s degree in international affairs from American University. She speaks Mandarin and French and lives in Taipei.

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View MoreView Less Elisabeth Witchel 
CONSULTANT, CAMPAIGN AGAINST IMPUNITY
Elisabeth Witchel
Elisabeth Witchel 
Elisabeth Witchel has more than 15 years’ experience in human rights and international journalism. She began working at the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2001 as the Journalist Assistance Program Coordinator, and in 2007, she launched CPJ’s Global Campaign against Impunity. Witchel has authored several reports for CPJ, including Road to Justice:Breaking the Cycle of Impunity in the Killing of Journalists five editions of Getting Away with Murder: Global Impunity Index; three editions of CPJ’s Survey of Journalists in Exile; 2004’s The Fixers; and 2005’s Zimbabwe’s Exiled Press. Witchel, who is now based in the United Kingdom and serves as CPJ’s Impunity Campaign Consultant, has presented at international forums, including UNESCO, and served on panels in London, Geneva, Belgrade, Paris, Manila, and New York. Prior to joining CPJ, she worked at Grassroots Enterprise in San Francisco and reported from Seoul, Korea, for The Korea Times and US News & World Report. Witchel has a bachelor’s in history from Stanford University and a master’s in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Follow her on Twitter @goodwitch917.

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View MoreView Less Madeline Earp 
CONSULTANT TECHNOLOGY EDITOR
Madeline Earp
Madeline Earp 
Madeline Earp has been working with CPJ to document the impact of technology on press freedom since March 2019. She previously managed content for Security First, a tech startup solving security challenges for people at risk; and coauthored five editions of Freedom on the Net, an annual index of internet access, censorship and user rights in 65 countries published by Freedom House’s research office in New York. She was a researcher on CPJ’s Asia desk from 2007 to 2013. Earp has a master’s degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University and a bachelor’s in English literature from Cambridge University. She is based in Bristol, U.K.

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View MoreView Less Özgür Ögret 
TURKEY REPRESENTATIVE
Özgür Ögret
Özgür Ögret 
Özgür Ögret is a Turkish freelance journalist and CPJ’s Turkey representative. He was lead researcher for the 2012 CPJ special report, Turkey’s Press Freedom Crisis.

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View MoreView Less Shawn W. Crispin 
SENIOR SOUTHEAST ASIA REPRESENTATIVE
Shawn W. Crispin
Shawn W. Crispin 
Shawn W. Crispin has worked as a journalist and editor for over 15 years based in Thailand. He was bureau chief for the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review in Bangkok from 1999 to 2004, where he wrote on a wide range of political, business, and social issues. From 2001, Crispin also served as bureau chief for the Review‘s sister publication, The Asian Wall Street Journal. His coverage of Asia’s AIDS epidemic was part of a package recognized in 2004 for the “Excellence in Magazines” award of the Society of Publishers in Asia. From 2006 to 2015, Crispin served as Southeast Asia editor at Asia Times Online, where he wrote a regular political column and edited a team of over 20 regular contributors to the news site. Crispin is currently Southeast Asia columnist at The Diplomat. His journalism has also appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Institutional Investor and Yale Global Online, among others. In 2005, Crispin served as an investigative consultant with Human Rights Watch (Asia), where he researched press freedom issues in Thailand. for the past decade, he has served CPJ as advocate, researcher and spokesperson on Southeast Asia. He has conducted research missions and published special reports on Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Crispin has a master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, where he received a prestigious Freeman fellowship. He speaks fluent Thai.

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View MoreView Less Ignacio Miguel Delgado Culebras 
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REPRESENTATIVE
Ignacio Miguel Delgado Culebras
Ignacio Miguel Delgado Culebras 
Ignacio Miguel Delgado Culebras has worked as a freelance journalist throughout the Middle East, writing for publications in Belgium, Romania, Spain, and the United States on civil society, democratization, and human rights issues. He served as a media analyst for the Open Source Center’s Europe bureau for nine years and worked as a researcher, editor, and election monitor for the Cairo-based Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Prior to joining CPJ in 2017, he worked as a lecturer in journalism at the Polytechnic University of Duhok. He earned his master’s in journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid and speaks Arabic, German, Romanian, and Spanish.

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View MoreView Less Jan-Albert Hootsen 
MEXICO REPRESENTATIVE
Jan-Albert Hootsen
Jan-Albert Hootsen 
Jan-Albert Hootsen joined CPJ in 2016. He has worked as a freelance journalist in Mexico City since 2009 for publications in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, writing on subjects such as press freedom, politics, organized crime, human rights, and environmental issues. He also regularly contributes to Dutch public radio and Dutch television broadcaster RTL Nieuws. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg and a bachelor’s degree in language and culture studies from Utrecht University. He speaks Dutch, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.

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View MoreView Less Muthoki Mumo 
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA REPRESENTATIVE
Muthoki Mumo
Muthoki Mumo 
Muthoki Mumo joined the Committee to Protect Journalists as East Africa Correspondent in June 2017. She was named CPJ’s sub-Saharan Africa representative on August 1, 2018. She previously worked for six years as a journalist with the Nation Media Group, covering a variety of beats from East African Community integration and regional trade to technology and telecommunications for the Business Daily and Daily Nation. In 2017 she served as an alternate digital editor for the Business Daily. Mumo has a bachelor’s degree from the United States International University in Nairobi and a master’s degree jointly awarded by Aarhus University and the University of Hamburg.

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View MoreView Less Kunal Majumder 
INDIA CORRESPONDENT
Kunal Majumder
Kunal Majumder 
Majumder joined CPJ in 2018. One of the founding editors-in-chief of InUth.com and Catch News, Kunal has worked for outlets including the Indian Express, Rajasthan Patrika, Tehelka and Vice. He is a winner of the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting and UNDP-Laadli Award for Gender Sensitivity. He is on the steering committee of the Impulse NGO Network Press Lab, which supports reporters who cover human trafficking. A graduate in English literature and journalism from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Kunal was born in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India and did his journalism exchange semesters at Sciences Po, Paris, and FCP, Helsinki. He is based in New Delhi. You can reach him on Twitter @kunalmajumder.

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View MoreView Less Frank Smyth 
SENIOR ADVISER FOR JOURNALIST SECURITY
Frank Smyth
Frank Smyth 
Frank Smyth serves as CPJ’s senior adviser for journalist security. He is a journalist who has specialized in armed conflicts, organized crime, and human rights, reporting from nations including El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Jordan, and Iraq where, in 1991, he was imprisoned for 18 days. Through the 1990s Smyth investigated arms trafficking for Human Rights Watch. He has reported for CBS News, and written for The Nation, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The Washington Post,The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, World Policy Journal, and Foreign Affairs. Smyth has testified on press freedom matters before the Organization of American States, the International Commission of Jurists, and the U.S. Congress. Smyth blogs on journalist security issues for CPJ. He is also the founder and executive director of Global Journalist Security, a firm that provides consulting and training services to journalists and others. Follow him on Twitter @JournoSecurity. Read Frank Smyth’s blog.

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