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Dart Staff

  • Bruce Shapiro

    Executive Director

    Bruce Shapiro is Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, Shapiro is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National. He is also Senior Executive Director for Professional Programs at Columbia Journalism School.  His books include Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America and Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America's Future. He is recipient of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Public Advocacy Award for "outstanding and fundamental contributions to the social understanding of trauma."

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  • Kate Black

    Associate Director

    Kate Black is associate director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide from the Center’s headquarters at Columbia University in New York City. She oversees all of the Dart Center’s programs and activities in North America, including the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, the Ochberg Fellowships, the Dart Academic Fellowships, as well as national and regional specialized reporting workshops, public events and partnerships. For seven years prior to joining the Dart Center, Kate was a program officer at the Open Society Foundations where she directed the Soros Justice Fellowships and founded and directed the Katrina Media Fellowships, each $1 million grantmaking programs.

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  • Kelly Boyce

    Assistant Director

    Kelly Boyce is the assistant director for the Dart Center. She was a FASPE Fellow and holds a Master of Science in Journalism degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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  • Donna DeCesare

    University of Texas, Austin
    Latin America Coordinator and Dart Media Curator

    Donna DeCesare is an award-winning documentary photographer and Associate Professor at the University of Texas School of Journalism, a faculty affiliate of the Latin American Studies program, and an Advisory Board member of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. For more than two decades, DeCesare photographed gang members and their families in Central America and in refugee communities in the U.S. In 2013, those images and stories were published in her book "Unsettled / Desasosiego: Children in the World of Gangs." Later that year, she was awarded the Cabot Prize for her distinguished work and contribution to Inter-American understanding. 

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  • Cait McMahon

    Dart Centre Asia Pacific
    Managing Director

    Cait McMahon OAM, PhD is a registered psychologist and the founding managing director of Dart Centre Asia Pacific since 2003. Dart Asia Pacific has its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia and holds trainings and other programs throughout the Asia Pacific region. McMahon has been interested in the nexus of journalism and trauma since working as staff counsellor at The Age newspaper in Melbourne in the mid 1980’s and 90’s. This interest pushed her to pursue postgraduate research on trauma exposed journalists in 1993 with subsequent publications. Her PhD focused on Australian trauma reporting journalists, post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth. Cait has received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), one of Australia’s highest civil accolades, for her work with journalists and trauma. 

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  • Elana Newman

    University of Tulsa
    Research Director

    Elana Newman, McFarlin Professor of Psychology at the University of Tulsa, has conducted research on a variety of topics regarding the psychological and physical response to traumatic life events, assessment of PTSD in children and adults, journalism and trauma, and understanding the impact of participating in trauma-related research from the trauma survivor's perspective.

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  • Gavin Rees

    Dart Centre Europe
    Director
    Gavin Rees is the director of Dart Centre Europe. Responsible for implementing the Centre’s work across Europe, Gavin runs workshops and discussion groups on trauma awareness, resilience and interviewing skills for working journalists and journalism students in a range of countries around the world.  
     
    Prior to working at the Dart Centre, Gavin produced business and political news for US, British and Japanese news channels, and has worked on drama and documentary films for the BBC, Channel 4 and independent film companies. He was a leading producer on the BBC film Hiroshima, which won an  International Emmy in 2006. He is a visiting fellow in the Media School at Bournemouth University, and is a board member of both the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and the UK Psychological Trauma Society. 
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  • Ariel Ritchin

    Website Editor

    Ariel Ritchin is the Web and Social Media Editor for the Dart Center, where he directs and oversees all editorial content and leads strategic and digital initiatives for Dart Centre Europe, Dart Centre Asia Pacific and the Dart Center in the United States. He is a multimedia journalist whose audio and video work has appeared on Life of the Law, NBC News and PBS Newshour, among others. He has previously worked in the multimedia department at the ACLU and as a video editor for Lucky Tiger Productions. Ariel is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and a Posse Foundation Scholar. He holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Middlebury College. 

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Dart Asia Pacific Board

  • Lisa Millar

    Director

    Lisa Millar is a senior journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, working in both radio and television as a journalist and presenter. She won a Walkley Award for investigative reporting in 2005, and in 2007 was named an Ochberg Fellow.

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  • Matthew Ricketson

    Director
    Matthew Ricketson is an academic and journalist. He is head of the Communication group at Deakin University. Before that, he was inaugural professor of journalism at the University of Canberra between 2009 and 2017. For three years before that he was Media and Communications Editor for The Age. He ran the Journalism program at RMIT for 11 years and has worked on staff at The Australian and Time Australia, among other publications. He is the author of a biography of Australian author, Paul Jennings, a textbook about feature writing and "Telling True Stories: Navigating the challenges of writing narrative non-fiction". He has edited a collection of profile articles and "Australian Journalism Today". In 2011 he was appointed to assist former Federal Court judge, Ray Finkelstein QC, in the Independent Media Inquiry which reported to the federal government in 2012. He is a chief investigator in two Australian Research Council grants which are examining the impact of largescale newsroom redundancies on journalists and more broadly on the future of journalism. He was co-guest editor, with Sue Joseph, of a themed section about literary journalism in the December 2015 issue of Australian Journalism Review. He is president of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia and chair of the board of directors for the Dart Centre Asia-Pacific. He is the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance’s representative on the Australian Press Council.
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  • Danny Teece-Johnson

    Danny Teece-Johnson, a Gomeroi filmmaker from New South Wales, has been studying and working in film for nearly 15 years. He currently works as Output Producer for the NITV News & Current Affairs team, where he supervises a team of Aboriginal journalists reporting in and around Australia. Previously, he worked as NITV’s Northern Territory Correspondent.

    After releasing his award-winning short film “Mah,” Teece-Johnson began working with some of Australia’s strongest documentary filmmakers and production houses. In 2012, he worked with Indigenous youth in Kakadu to write and direct “Songline to Happiness,” which won Best Short Documentary at the 2012 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.

    He studied Documentary at Metro Screen Sydney and has been awarded two film scholarships as a result of his passion for social change storytelling. He also launched his own production company, Gondwana Productions, which has produced over 200 hours of content for NITV since 2008.

    Teece-Johnson aims to tell unique and engaging stories from Indigenous Australia through Aboriginal eyes, and seeks out stories that challenge, confront and question injustice, racism, environmental issues and poverty in Australia and around the world.

  • Gary Tippet

    2004

    Gary Tippet is a freelance journalist and former senior writer for The Age in Melbourne, Australia. In 2004, he became the first Australian to be awarded an Ochberg Fellowship.

    Tippet began in journalism in 1972, at the Sun News-Pictorial and joined The Sunday Age in 1993, moving to The Age when the two papers merged in 1998. In the time since, he has have covered some of Australia's biggest stories including the East Timor crisis of late 1999-2000, the Thredbo ski resort landslide, the Moura coalmine collapse in Queensland, and a number of major crime stories including the disappearance and murder of Jaidyn Leskie, the Port Arthur massacre and the Bega schoolgirls murder trial. In 2000 he covered the military coup in Fiji. Much of Gary’s writing has focused on trauma and its victims.

    In 1997 he won a Walkley, for Slaying The Monster, an account of an abused child who, 30 years later, returned to kill his molester with an axe, and has won two Quill's and three Legal Reporting Awards. In recent years, Gary has written a number of articles on motor vehicle trauma, includinh Fatalities #74 and #75; April's Story and Sudden Impact, in which he spent three months following the victim of a serious injury road accident, from crash to recovery. The result was a 10,000 word, four broadsheet page special report, which won the 2002 Transport Quill Award.

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  • Alexandra Wake

    Director

    Alexandra Wake is a senior lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. She has taught at Journalism at RMIT, Deakin University and Dubai Women’s College in the United Arab Emirates. Wake was previously a senior journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and has reported for a wide range of Australian and international news agencies. She has a PhD in Philosophy, and extensive media and communications teaching and research experience. Wake was a 2011 Dart Academic Fellow.

Dart Europe Board

  • Stefan Borg

    Director

    Stefan Borg is a senior foreign news correspondent and commentator at the TV4 Sweden news department. For more than twenty years he has reported from around the world on politics, conflicts and natural disasters. Stefan arrived early to cover the earth quakes in Haiti in 2010 and Nepal in 2015 as well as the typhoon in the Philippines in 2013. He has reported from the Balkan wars, the Middle East conflict including the first Gulf War 1991, the Gaza War 2014, the ”Arab Spring” in Egypt and the civil war in Libya 2011. Stefan was a New York based US Correspondent for TV4 1998-2003 and a Berlin based Eastern Europe correspondent for Swedish news paper Aftonbladet 1990-1992. Stefan has developed and handles travel security routines in hostile areas for TV4. He is a 2013 Ochberg Fellow.

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  • Stephen Jukes

    Director

    Stephen Jukes is Professor of Journalism at Bournemouth University's Faculty of Media & Communication, one of the largest of its kind in Europe with an international reputation for combining research, teaching and professional practice. His research focuses on areas of objectivity and emotion in news with an emphasis on trauma and conflict journalism. He was previously a foreign correspondent and editor at the international news agency Reuters. During a series of overseas postings he covered or oversaw coverage of stories ranging from the ousting of Margaret Thatcher to the fall of the Berlin Wall, two Gulf Wars and September 11. In his final position at Reuters, he was Global Head of News and executive editor for a series of books on the Middle East conflict.  He chairs the Dart Centre for Journalism & Trauma in Europe and is a trustee of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting.

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  • Sacha Mirzoeff

    Director

    Sacha Mirzoeff is an award-winning filmmaker, currently working as an Executive Producer at BBC Bristol overseeing the documentary output. He specialises in social issue documentaries shot over long periods of time. Mirzoeffs's credits include Protecting our Children, Charles Darwin and The Tree of Life, My Foetus, Witch Child and Shooting Under Fire, and his awards include the Deutsche Fersehpreis and the Grierson award, in addition to multiple BAFTA nominations.

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  • Gill Moreton

    Director

    Gill is a psychological therapist at the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress in Edinburgh specialising in the treatment of adults who have developed traumatic stress reactions. She is involved in training and research in the UK and internationally, and has a particular interest in work with emergency service personnel and other staff with occupational exposure to potentially traumatic stressors.

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  • Juliana Ruhfus

    Director

    Juliana Ruhfus is the senior reporter for Al Jazeera’s award-winning “People & Power” investigative and current affairs strand. In 2006 her film “Army of Discontent” about Liberia’s child combatant’s launched Al Jazeera English’s programming content the day the channel went on air. Since then Juliana has made over 30 films, including a number of investigative and under-cover reports and a five-part series on lawsuits against multinationals.

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Country Contacts

  • Klas Backholm

    Country Contact, Finnish Network

    Klas Backholm is a journalism and trauma researcher at the Developmental Psychology Department at Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa, Finland, where he specialises in the psychology of crisis situations. Since the beginning of 2008, Backholm has been involved in creating a Dart network in Finland. Klas is currenlty involved in research projects focusing on risk factors for psychological impairment in journalists working with mass shootings, and on journalists' usage of social media platforms during crisis-related work assignments. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the psychological well-being of journalists after crisis-related work. Prior to become a lecturer, Klas worked as a news journalist at the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

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  • Anne Bourges

    Country Contact, French Network

    Anne Bourges is a journalist on the French daily newspaper La Montagne. For more than 15 years she has been covering crime, social affairs and general news. She began writing for French regional papers in the early 1990s after a period working on publications in Canada. Since 2007 she has been involved in creating a Dart network for France and the Francophone world.
     

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  • Elaine Cobbe

    Country Contact, French Network

    Elaine Cobbe is a seasoned news journalist with more than 20 years of experience of covering international events. A correspondent for CBS News, she is based in Paris and has reported from around the world, including Iraq, Kosovo and Rwanda. She is also a regular commentator of French news on radio in Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand.

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  • Liselotte Englund

    Country Contact, Scandinavian Network

    Liselotte Englund is Head of Department (Prefect) of Environmental and Life Sciences; Faculty of Health, Science and Technology at Karlstad University, Sweden. She is also Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies, stationed at Risk Management. Besides she is a member of the Universitys’ Executive Committes at Center for Public Safety and Health Academy. She is a former postdoctoral fellow at the National Centre of Disaster Psychiatry at Uppsala University and a freelance journalist who runs her own company, Liselotte Englund Media AB.

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  • Jeanny Gering

    Dart Centre Europe
    Program Coordinator, Country Contact Germany

    Jeanny Gering is program coordinator at Dart Centre Europe. She works as a freelance journalist and filmmaker for international broadcasters like the BBC, CBS and Arte. Jeanny is based in Berlin and graduated from City University, London with an MA in International Journalism. You can find her work at: www.jeannygering.com.

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  • Chiung-wen (Julia) Hsu

    Country Contact, Chinese-Speaking Network

    Chiung-wen (Julia) Hsu is an associate professor of College of Communication at National Cheng Chi University in Taiwan. She has a PhD in communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo and she has been working on media coverage of victims since 2004. 

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  • Trond Idås

    Country Contact, Scandinavian Network

    Trond Idås is an advisor for the Norwegian Union of Journalists, and is responsible for national courses in safety and trauma training for professional journalists. He lectures in journalism and truama at Oslo University College.

     

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  • Milorad Ivanovic

    Country Contact, Balkan Network

    Milorad Ivanovic is the deputy editor-in-chief of Blic, the largest Serbian daily newspaper. He was previously the paper’s foreign affairs editor and has a special interest in investigative and cross-border journalism. Milorad founded the Media Focus, Center for Investigative Journalism in Serbia and is on the board of SCOOP, a network of investigative journalists working in East and Southeastern Europe.
     

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  • Jana D. Javakhishvili

    Dart Centre Europe
    Contact, South Caucasus Network

    Jana (Darejan) Javakhishvili is a Georgian psychologist who has been working in trauma research, training and treatment since 1995. She provides psychological assistance to individuals who have been traumatized in armed incidents. Javakhishvili is heavily engaged in the field of conflict transformation as a facilitator for peace building events in Georgia and the South Caucasus. She supervises projects focused on mental health care reforms in the South Caucasus and Central Asia at the Tbilisi office of the Global Initiative on Psychiatry.

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  • Olga Kravtsova

    Country Contact, Russian Network

    Olga Kravtsova, a former Fulbright Scholar in residence at the University of Washington, coordinates Dart Center activities in Russia.  Kravtsova has a background in psychology, holds a PhD degree from Moscow State University and has worked with different traumatized populations such as rape survivors and forced migrants since 1994. She has studied human rights, trauma and related issues and is co-author of two books and several articles on the psychology of trauma and social tolerance.

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  • Farida Mahri

    Dart Centre Asia Pacific
    Coordinator, Indonesian Programme

    Farida Mahri coordinates Dart activities in Indonesia in collaboration with Dart Australasia and Yayasan Pulih.   Farida has a graduate degree in social sciences and has previously worked in both media and human rights organisations.

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  • Jon Stephenson

    Country Contact, New Zealand Network

    Jon Stephenson is an Auckland-based investigative journalist and foreign correspondent, with extensive experience reporting conflict and trauma. In addition to the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, Jon has reported on the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war in Lebanon, and from Gaza, East Timor, and Zimbabwe, as well as on natural disasters such as the 2004 Asia-Pacific tsunami, the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, and the 2008 earthquake in China's Sichuan Province.

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