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  • 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 teaches journalism ethics at Columbia, where he is also Senior Advisor for Academic Affairs.  His books include Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America and Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America's Future. Shapiro is recipient of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Public Advocacy Award for "outstanding and fundamental contributions to the social understanding of trauma." He is a founding board member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

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  • Kate Black

    Associate Director

    Kate Black is the associate director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a global project that encourages innovative and ethical news coverage on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. She oversees the Dart Center’s programs and activities worldwide, including the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, Ochberg Fellowships, Dart Academic Fellowships, as well as specialized workshops and trainings, 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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  • Jeanny Gering

    Dart Centre Europe
    Coordinator

    Jeanny Gering is Program Manager at Dart Centre Europe (currently on leave). 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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  • Kimina Lyall

    Dart Centre Asia Pacific
    Deputy Director

    Kimina Lyall is a former journalist with The Australian newspaper and Time Australia. During her 15 year career as a reporter, she has worked in various parts of the world, including as a foreign correspondent covering Southeast Asia. During that posting she became a survivor of the Boxing Day tsunami, and later wrote a book on the experience Out of the Blue: Facing the Tsunami.

    She then became involved with the Dart Centre, and was a director on the Dart Centre Asia Pacific board up until 2015. She has had a successful career as an executive with Australian Unity, and is currently a provisional psychologist and doctor of psychology candidate at Deakin University. She commenced her role as Deputy Director of Dart Centre Asia Pacific in February 2020.

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  • Judith Matloff

    Senior Advisor, Safety Training
    Judith Matloff teaches crisis reporting at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She trailblazed safety training for women and media organizations around the world, helping hundreds of journalists survive an increasingly dangerous world. Over 40 years as a journalist, she has covered top international stories including Rwanda’s genocide, apartheid and the rise of Vladimir Putin. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, the Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. Earlier in her career, Matloff headed the Moscow and Africa bureaus of the Christian Science Monitor and she spent a decade reporting for Reuters from various countries.
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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, is the Research Director for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. A past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, she co-directed the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s first satellite office in NYC after 9/11.

    Dr. Newman’s scholarly work in journalism and trauma focuses on understanding the occupational health of journalists who cover traumatic events, evaluating training needs, analyzing trauma-related news, and examining the effects of journalistic practice on consumers and individuals covered in the news. She directed the development of a bibliographic database to help teachers and scholars access information about trauma and journalism, and trains journalists in trauma science, best psychological practice for interviewing survivors, self-care and best practices within newsrooms. Dr. Newman also trains clinicians and researchers on how they can better collaborate with journalists.

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  • Amantha Perera

    Dart Centre Asia Pacific
    Regional Coordinator

    Amantha Perera is a foreign correspondent based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He covers Sri Lanka and the region with special interest in conflict, post conflict situations, humanitarian disasters and climate change. He works as a contributor for TIMEReuters/Alertnet, the Inter Press News Service – IPS and the Integrated Regional Information Network – IRIN. Perera is currently pursuing post-graduate research on online trauma threats faced by journalists at CQUniveristy in Melbourne. You can follow him on Twitter at @AmanthaP.

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  • Gavin Rees

    Dart Centre Europe
    Coordinator
    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

    Senior Producer, Content & Programs

    Ariel Ritchin is the Senior Producer for the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. He directs and oversees all editorial content and leads strategic and digital initiatives, while managing specialized programs, workshops and trainings for reporters all over the world. Ariel 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. He is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and a Posse Foundation Scholar. Ariel holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Middlebury College. 

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  • Camille Baker

    Social Media Manager & Research Assistant

    Camille Baker is a social media manager and research assistant at the Dart Center. She is also a freelance journalist, researcher and fact checker. She has covered migration, surveillance technology, arms exports, LGBTQ rights and more for The Intercept, Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera English, Quartz, The Indypendent, In These Times, CityLab and other news organizations. She’s a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and McGill University. She has also taught reporting, writing and economics journalism at the School of the New York Times. You can follow her on Twitter at @camillembaker.

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  • Isobel Thompson

    Social Media Manager & Research Assistant

    Isobel Thompson is a social media manager and research assistant at the Dart Center. She is also a freelance journalist who has written for the Economist, the Financial Times, OpenDemocracy, Vogue and The Face, among others. Formerly an editor and writer in Vanity Fair's London office, she studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and holds an M.A. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. You can follow her on Twitter at @isobelvthompson

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Dart Asia Pacific Board

  • Peter Boehm

    Chair

    Peter Boehm, FCA, FFin, FAICD, BBus is an internationally respected business leader who holds a portfolio of directorships with Australian, Indigenous, European and Asian based organisations, comprising listed, private, charitable and for-purpose enterprises. He is currently an education faculty member with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held leadership roles with various training organisations. He has a successful background in helping organisations grow and develop and has been appointed by various Courts as an Expert Witness on matters relating to corporate governance and directors’ duties and responsibilities. Peter is a published author and is regularly approached by the Australian financial press for comment on matters relating to property, finance and the economy.

  • Mark Creamer

    Mark Creamer, MA, PhD, FAPS, is a clinical and consulting psychologist, internationally recognised for his work in posttraumatic mental health. Over the last 35 years, he has assisted individuals, communities, and organizations following traumatic incidents of natural and human origin. Mark also provides policy and program advice, training, and research consultancy to government and non-government organisations with the aim of improving the recognition, prevention and treatment of psychological problems following stressful life events. He is a Professorial Fellow in the Psychiatry Department, University of Melbourne, and has an impressive research record with over 180 publications. He is internationally recognized for his work in the field and, in 2011, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

  • Rachael Hocking

    Rachael Hocking has been a reporter and presenter for National Indigenous Television (NITV), Australia’s only national Indigenous TV channel since 2015, and currently co-hosts its flagship show The Point. In her spare time she volunteers on an Aboriginal music show for community radio station 3RRR in Melbourne and freelances as an occasional speaker, moderator and journalist for various publications. In 2018 Rachael was named a Rising Star at the B&T Women in Media awards, and she was part of the NITV team awarded the NSW Kennedy Award for Outstanding Indigenous Affairs Reporting.

  • 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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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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  • 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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