Dart Center core activities are the responsibility of the following leadership, staff and volunteer personnel.

Executive Director

  • 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.

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York City

  • 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.

    She was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in New York for 1999-2000 and a Princeton Project '55 Fellow in Washington D.C for 1998-1999. Kate has served on the selection committees of several social documentary, media and advocacy awards programs, and as a consultant to several non-profit journalism and social justice organizations.

  • Kelly Boyce

    Administrative Coordinator


    Kelly Boyce is the administrative coordinator for the Dart Center. She is also a candidate for the Master of Science in Journalism degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Ariel Ritchin

    Website Editor


    Ariel Ritchin is the web editor for the Dart Center. Also an MS candidate at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, his work has appeared in American Photo, Metrofocus and PBS Newshour. A graduate of Middlebury College, he has previously worked in the multimedia department at the ACLU and as a video editor for Lucky Tiger Productions. He is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and a Posse Foundation Scholar.


University of Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Elana Newman

    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.

    She is a past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, the world’s premier organization dedicated to trauma treatment, education, research, public policy concerns and theoretical formulation.  Her work in journalism and trauma has focused on occupational health of journalists and she and her students have several studies underway examining the effects of journalistic practice upon consumers.  She was the key investigator on the Dart Center's research survey on photojournalists' exposure to trauma. She co-directed the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s first satellite office in NYC after 9-11

University of Texas, Austin

  • Donna DeCesare

    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. In 2013, she was awarded the Cabot Prize for her distinguished work and contribution to Inter-American understanding. 

    A documentary photographer known for her work on youth identity and gang violence, she coordinates the Dart Center's activities throughout Latin America and curates visual journalism for Dart Media.

Dart Centre Asia Pacific

  • Cait McMahon

    Managing Director


    Cait McMahon PhD (Cand.) is a registered psychologist and fulltime managing director of Dart Centre Asia Pacific, with headquarters in Melbourne, Australia and activities 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, Australia in the mid ‘80’s and 90’s. This interest resulted in postgraduate research in the area in 1993 with subsequent publications.

    To date, Cait is the only Australian psychologist to be published in the area of journalism and trauma. She has a significant history of clinical private practice, organisational development consulting and employee assistance programs.  Cait continues to pursue further research at Swinburne University in Melbourne into journalism and trauma, focussing on both post-traumatic growth and post-traumatic stress experienced by news media professionals.

  • 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. 

    As a former TV journalist with the China Television Company, one of the four network stations in Taiwan, Hsu covered many earthquakes, typhoons, and several traumatic accidents. Following Typhoon Morakot, which hit the southern and eastern parts of Taiwan, she started a blog as an informative resource and discussion platform for reporters on the ethical treatment of victims, peer support and handling emotions caused by interviewing and reporting.

  • 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.

    A graduate of the University of Auckland in history and philosophy, Jon has received numerous awards for his journalism, including the Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre. He was a 2008 Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, is a trustee of the Bruce Jesson Foundation, and is a Research Associate at the Auckland University of Technology's Pacific Media Centre.

Dart Centre Europe

  • Gavin Rees



    Gavin Rees, a journalist and filmmaker, is the director of Dart Centre Europe. Based in London, he co-ordinates the Dart Centre’s activities across Europe.  Over the last 13 years he has worked in a variety of broadcast media, producing business  and political news for Financial Times Television and CNBC and international news for Japanese networks. He has also worked on drama and documentary films for the BBC, Channel 4, as well as for other broadcasters and a number of independent film companies.

    Gavin’s interest in how people relate traumatic narratives developed as a result of interviewing survivors of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima for a BBC documentary drama, which won an International Emmy in 2006. Afterwards Gavin took up a post as a research fellow at the Centre for Public Communication in the Media School at Bournemouth University, where he investigated how journalists interview people at the centre of stories which arouse strong emotions. Gavin has also done academic research into the political impact of violence on communities, and holds masters degrees in social anthropology, as well as in contemporary history and politics. Between 1997 and 1999 he was a Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholar. His writing has appeared in the British Journalism Review, the New Statesman, the Guardian and a number of specialist magazines on topics related to film, psychology and the media.

  • Petra Tabeling

    Coordinator, German Programme


    Petra Tabeling is a freelance print and radio journalist based in Germany. The topics she focuses on include migration, press freedom and the safety of journalists; and she has covered Northern Ireland for many years. Petra has contributed to WDR, Deutschlandfunk, Deutsche Welle, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Neue Züricher Zeitung and qantara.de, among others.

    Her former positions include German correspondent for Reporters Without Borders and roles as an editor and correspondent for Deutsche Welle. In 2006 she was awarded a Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship, and since then has worked to establish the Dart Center in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

  • 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.

    Anne has a diploma in trauma psychology and participates regularly in interdisciplinary forums that address violence, its psychological impact on individuals and the role of the media. She is also active in training students and professional journalists in meeting the challenges posed when covering violent events.

  • 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.

    Recently, Elaine completed a psychology research thesis on frontline journalists’ attitudes to seeking help for trauma-related stress. This area of interest also comes in to her work as a journalism trainer, both of experienced journalists and students in some of France’s top journalism schools.

  • Jana D. Javakhishvili

    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.

    Since 2002 she has been heavily engaged in the field of conflict transformation as a facilitator for peace building events in Georgia and the South Caucasus. At the Tbilisi office of the Global Initiative on Psychiatry, she is responsible for the implementation of projects focused on mental health in the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Jana is a founding board member of the Georgian Society of Psychotrauma. She is the coauthor of 18 books in Georgian, Russian and English published in Georgia, England, Norway, Russia and the United States. She is currently working on a book summarizing her experience as a facilitator.

  • Jeanny Gearing

    Jeanny Gering is a multimedia journalist based in Berlin. She currently manages Dart Centre Europe.

  • 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, Klas has been involved in creating a Dart network in Finland.

    Klas is currenlty writing a doctoral dissertation on the psychological well-being of journalists after crisis-related work assignments. Prior to become a lecturer, Klas worked as a news journalist at the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

  • Liselotte Englund

    Country Contact, Scandinavian Network

    Liselotte Englund is Associate Professor of media and communication studies at Karlstad University, a 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.

    She holds a PhD in Journalism and mass communications studies and specializes in teaching trauma journalism, basic journalism and science communication. With over twenty of years of experience as a practicing journalist, she has run courses for journalists, students and rescue workers. Liselotte is the former editor-in-chief of Tvärsnitt, a magazine on research in the humanities and social sciences published by the Swedish Research Council. Prior to that, she worked for Swedish Radio where she had her own show on health and medical issues.

  • 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.

    Milorad has also worked as a correspondent for the the French news agency EPN and has had articles published in such international newspapers as The Sunday Times in the UK, El Mundo in Spain, Der Standard in Austria and the Washington times. Milorad produced Hidden Wounds, a documentary film on post-traumatic stress disorder which was made in co-operation with the BBC. His investigations have included work on human trafficking (in association with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting),  the employment of Balkan mercenaries by British and US security firms in Iraq, and arms trafficking from Ukraine into Serbia.  In 2007 Milorad was selected for the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

  • Olga Kravtsova

    Country Contact, Russian Network


    Olga Kravtsova, a psychologist and former Fulbright Scholar in residence at the University of Washington, coordinates Dart Center activities in Russia. She also maintains a blog in Russian about the issues of journalism and trauma.

  • 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.


    Trond is also a research assistant at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, University of Oslo, where he is working on a masters thesis examining trauma-related stress among journalists who covered the 2004 Asian tsunami.  He is a former journalist in the business section of Aftenposten, Norway's leading morning newspaper.

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