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Spring 2020: The BIR is preparing for its 8th NYU GlobalBeat international reporting class.

Fall 2019: BIR co-director Jason Maloney traveled to Berlin to take part in the commemorations for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall.

Fall 2019: The BIR aired a two-part series on illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon. See Part One and Part Two.

Spring 2019: For the 7th edition of its NYU GlobalBeat international reporting class,

The BIR travelled to Peru to report on forced sterilization, Venezuelan migrants and illegal gold mining.

Fall 2018: BIR co-director Kira Kay returned to Princeton University as a Ferris Visiting Professor of Journalism. She brought her class to Bosnia to study post-conflict reporting.

August 2018: BIR co-director Kira Kay travelled to Jogjakarta, Indonesia to participate in a workshop to prepare for a series or reports to be filmed in the country in 2019. In collaboration with Boston University.

Spring 2018: For the 6th edition of its NYU GlobalBeat international reporting class,

The BIR travelled to Northern Ireland to report on the 20th anniversary of the peace agreement that ended the decades long conflict known as the troubles.

Spring 2017: The BIR lead its 5th NYU GlobalBeat international reporting class. This year's destination: Cambodia. See our reports on former Cambodian refugees deported from the US back to Cambodia and the country's epidemic of land grabs.

September 24, 2016: The BIR's 2015 series on religion in Morocco, produced in partnership with co-founder Jason Maloney's NYU GlobalBeat international reporting program, is a finalist at the Religion Newswriters Association Awards.

September 17, 2016: "Return to Chernobyl", the virtual reality report produced by the BIR and New York University for PBS Frontline, was nominated for two Online Journalism Association awards.

April 26, 2016: The BIR, together with NYU, became the first reporting team to use a 360 (virtual reality) camera at Chernobyl. Our report, "Return to Chernobyl", ran on PBS Frontline and received more than two million views in just a few days. 

March-May, 2016: The BIR completed the 4th round of its GlobalBeat program, in partnership with New York University, traveling with seven graduate student to Ukraine. Video programs on PBS NewsHour included stories on political reforms two years after popular revolution and the plight of the Crimean Tatars.

October 11, 2015: The BIR aired its report on Myanmar's historic elections for PBS Newshour. It was the third reporting trip to the Southeast Asian nation during it's dramatic democratic transition and a real example of the BIR's commitment to cover important but overlooked topics. 

September 28, 2015: The BIR earned a national News and Documentary Emmy nomination for Outstanding Feature Story, one of the highest honors in broadcast journalism, for its report on forced child begging in Senegal.

September, 2015: BIR co-director Kira Kay joins the faculty of Princeton University as a Ferris Visiting Professor of Journalism.

March-May, 2015: The BIR completed the 3rd round of its GlobalBeat program, in partnership with New York University. Video programs on PBS NewsHour included stories on Islamic adoption (kafala), female spiritual leaders and Morocco's efforts to stem the tide of violence in the region. These reports were also part of our ongoing series on religion and global affairs, "Fault Lines of Faith".

April 18, 2015: Kira Kay appeared on a panel on covering trauma, tragedy and conflict at Columbia University's Women in Media Society Conference.

March 2, 2015: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted Kira Kay, Jason Maloney and Human Rights Watch's Andreas Harsono for a screening and discussion of Sharia Law in Aceh, Indonesia.

More recent news:

•December 26, 2014 marked the 10 year anniversary of the South Asian Tsunami. The BIR reported from Aceh, Indonesia, ground zero of the devastation. Unlike in other post disaster locations, Aceh has made remarkable progress and is seen as a model for the world. Our report first aired on November 9, and then re-ran on the actual anniversary.

•December 24, 2014: PBS NewsHour ran the 9th installment of the "Fault Lines of Faith" series with a look at the surprising way religion is impacting the war in Ukraine.

•September 18, 2014: Kira Kay opened the season at the Traverse City, MI International Affairs Forum with her lecture "Fault Lines of Faith: Sectarian Conflict in Today's World".

•August 19, 2014: The BIR returned to the scene of its very first report: Aceh, Indonesia, this time to examine the impact of increased Sharia Law in the province.   

•July 8, 2014: The BIR was the only US news organization to broadcast an in-field report on the Indonesian presidential election, a key moment in the remarkable democratic transition in the world's largest Muslim-majority country.

•May 2, 2014: PBS NewsHour ran two news segments from our inaugural Globalbeat trip, to the West African nation of Senegal. A broadcast segment investigated abuses in the country's Koranic education system, where young boys are sent to beg in the streets. And an online piece looked at the great progress Senegal has made in reaching gender parity in politics, with a greater share of women in office than in the United States.

•Spring 2014: The BIR is thrilled to announce the launch of Globalbeat, an international reporting project with New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Each spring we will be traveling to overseas locations to report in collaboration with graduate students. To learn how to help support this project and inspire a new generation of foreign affairs reporters, contact us.

•January, 2014: The BIR is pleased to announce the renewal of the Fault Lines of Faith series, supported by the the Henry Luce Foundation, for seven new installments in 2014 and 2015.

•November 21, 2013: The Foreign Policy Association hosted the BIR for a screening and discussion of its Fault Lines of Faith series.

•November 13, 2013:  BIR Director Kira Kay was the 2013 Corrine Lyman Speaker on International Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she screened and discussed the Fault Lines series and the BIR's work.

•October 10, 2013: The BIR aired the sixth installment of the Fault Lines of Faith series on PBS NewsHour, examining the controversial and complicated task of holding Bosnia's first post-ethnic cleansing census.

•August 26, 2013: The BIR returns to the Society of Professional Journalists' annual Excellence in Journalism Conference to screen their work on the Kenyan election and discuss international reporting.

•July 17, 2013: The BIR aired its second report from Myanmar, on the epidemic of land seizures by government agencies and well-connected cronies, as the country opens up to a wave of foreign investment after years of isolation and sanctions.

•June 18, 2013: The BIR aired a report on anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence in Myanmar. This included the only interview with controversial monk and figurehead of the Buddhist nationalist '969' movement, Wirathu, to air on US network television.

•April 17, 2013: The BIR headlined a panel discussion and screening on Kenya's recent election at the Foreign Policy Association in New York.

•April 4, 2013: The BIR aired a report on new Muslim-Christian tensions in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, a place long known for the peaceful co-existence of different religions.

•March 29, 2013: BIR Co-Director Kira Kay screened and discussed the BIR's Fault Lines of Faith series at the University of Michigan's Program for International and Comparative Studies.

•March 13 & February 28, 2013: BIR Co-Director Kira Kay lead screenings and panel discussions at Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) titled  "Thailand's Southern Insurgency: Breaking the Cycle of Violence".

•February 28, 2013: The BIR aired a report on Kenya's election, the first since devastating violence followed elections in 2007. Despite this being a major story, the BIR's field report was the only to air on US network television.

•December 18, 2012: The BIR aired a report on the rise of controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi, expected by many to be the next prime minister of the world's largest democracy, but who is dogged by controversy over anti-Muslim pogroms carried out under his watch in 2002. The segment was the third part of our series Fault Lines of Faith, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

•November 7, 2012: BIR Co-Directors Kira Kay and Jason Maloney screened and discussed their work from Southern Thailand at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC.

•September 21, 2012: BIR Co-Directors Kira Kay and Jason Maloney spoke on international reporting at the Society of Professional Journalists' annual Excellence in Journalism Conference and screened their work from Liberia.

•August 23, 2012: The BIR aired its second full length report from Northern Ireland. This segment, broadcast on PBS NewsHour and featured on the Center for Investigative Reporting's I-Files channel, examined the legal battle over a once-secret archive of interviews with former fighters from Northern Ireland's Troubles.

•July 11, 2012: The BIR aired its report on remaining sectarian issues in Northern Ireland, 14 years after the peace agreement that ended The Troubles. This was the second story from our series Fault Lines of Faith.

•June 8, 2012: The BIR lead PBS Need to Know's special on International Justice with a segment on the progress of the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia. Additional segments featured an interview with Philip Gourevitch, and commentary by Sadia Hameed of Human Rights First.

•May 22, 2012: The BIR's reporting from Burma was showcased as part of a panel discussion featuring Ambassador Priscilla Clapp, James Hoge and Khin May Zaw at the International Center for Journalists.

•March 29 & 30, 2012: The BIR aired its series on elections and the growth of media and civil society in the Southeast Asian nation of Burma. After 4 months of efforts, the BIR obtained rare journalist visas to the formerly secretive nation and were the only US television news team to travel on the campaign trail with democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. 

•February 21, 2012: The BIR premiered its new series "Fault Lines of Faith", produced with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, on the insurgency in Southern Thailand.

•December 13, 2011: BIR Co-Directors Kira Kay and Jason Maloney discussed Liberia's post-conflict stability at a panel presentation hosted by the Minnesota International Center, held at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

•The BIR's major news cycle on the country of Liberia aired on PBS NewsHour throughout the month of October, 2011:

-On October 4th, the BIR's first report looked at the post conflict stability of Liberia and profiled soon-to-be Nobel Peace Prize Winner President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Besides the NewsHour broadcast, the story was placed on Time Magazine's homepage as a featured story.

-On October 5th, the BIR's second report examined the high rates of PTSD and the need for mental Health in Liberia.

-On October 31, the BIR's third report, looking at the promise and potential pitfalls of natural resource development in Liberia, wrapped up the BIR's Liberia series.

•September, 2011: BIR Co-Director Jason Maloney joined the faculty of New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

•July, 2011: The BIR is pleased to announce its support from the Compton Foundation has been renewed for the upcoming year.

•July, 2011: The BIR has contributed footage to an important learning toolkit called "Before the Killing Begins: The Politics of Mass Violence", produced by the Stanley Foundation

•June 2011: The BIR is pleased to announce that it has received a major reporting grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

•May, 2011: The BIR is pleased to announce that it has received the support of the Stanley Foundation and Humanity United to produce a series of reports covering Liberia's upcoming elections and post-conflict stability.

•The BIR aired a two-part series of reports from Ukraine on PBS NewsHour.

-May 10: Ukraine’s political evolution since the Orange Revolution and allegations of democratic backsliding

-May 11: Ukraine’s struggle against HIV. Ukraine has Europe’s highest infection rate, more than France, Germany and the UK combined.

•February, 2011: BIR Co-Directors Kira Kay and Jason Maloney spoke at American University's School of Communications about non-profit journalism and reporting international news.

•February 3, 2011: the BIR’s report on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon aired on PBS NewsHour.

•The BIR’s Kira Kay was featured in the November issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

•November 11, 2010: the BIR’s second report on rare earth metals ran on the homepage of, narrated by New York Times Hong Kong Bureau Chief Keith Bradsher.

•November 10, 2010: the BIR screened its rare earths report at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.

•November 8, 2010: the BIR screened excerpts from its Fragile States series, along with its Rwanda report, at the Harvard Club in New York.

•October 26, 2010: the BIR aired a report on the problem of breast cancer in Bosnia on PBS NewsHour, part of the Gates Foundation-funded Global Health series.

•October 1, 2010: the BIR returned to Bosnia to report on the country’s election, the first for young voters who grew up during or after the brutal ethnic war, for PBS NewsHour.

August, 2010: The BIR produced extensive, multi-platform, multi-outlet coverage of the Rwandan presidential election, focusing on the African nation’s political and economic developments 16 years after the genocide. Anchor reports showed on PBS NewsHour and

    In addition:

    -Read about the BIR’s experience reporting in Rwanda on the Huffington Post.

    -Watch the BIR’s Kira Kay discuss her trip with PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan.

    -Watch the BIR’s Kira Kay on CNN discussing the Rwandan election.

    -CNN uses BIR footage for its own coverage of Rwanda elections.

•June 14, 2010: the BIR aired its report on “The Global Race for Rare Earth Metals” on PBS NewsHour. Also, read our article Rare Earth Minerals - Rare Opportunity? on the Huffington Post.

•June 10, 2010: the BIR’s report on maternal mortality in Haiti showed at the Women Deliver conference in Washington, DC.

•May 5-6, 2010: the BIR screened its Fragile States reports at the Institute of World Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Buffett Center for Comparative and International Studies, Northwestern University. While in the area the BIR also appeared on WUWM Radio’s Lake Effect show and the Milwaukee PBS program “International Focus”.

•May 3, 2010: the BIR screened its Fragile States reports and fielded questions at the World Affairs Council of Northern California, San Francisco.

•April 5, 2010: the BIR has been recognized by the National Headliner Awards in the Documentary/News Series category for its "Fragile States" reporting.

•March 30, 2010: the BIR contributes footage to PBS Frontline's Haiti documentary, airing Tuesday March 30th on PBS.

•March 16, 2010: the BIR’s Jason Maloney spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations on reconstruction in Haiti.

•February 12, 2010: the BIR’s Kira Kay joined a panel at the Paley Center for the Media, entitled "The Future of International Reporting".

•February 2, 2010: the BIR screened its story on UN peacekeeping in Congo at the Georgetown Law Center’s Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival.

•January 12, 2010: the BIR was filming its report on maternal health in Haiti when the earthquake struck. Our team was outside Port-au-Prince at the time and managed to get back safely. Our report aired on Now on PBS on January 29, 2010.

Read comments by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the BIR's report from Haiti that aired the day before the earthquake.

•In late 2009 and early 2010, the BIR's Fragile States series featured reports from East Timor, Bosnia and Haiti on PBS NewsHour.  For more reporting, please visit the Fragile States Gateway, hosted by our partners at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

•Read a Nieman Journalism lab article on NGOs and the News, featuring the BIR.

•Read an article in the Nov/Dec 2009 Dartmouth Alumni Magazine about Jason Maloney and the BIR.

October 2009: the BIR attended a conference on "New Business Models in News", hosted by the Joan Shorenstein Center at Harvard.

The BIR’s Kira Kay was one of the featured speakers at the 2009 Rotary International Peace Symposium in Birmingham, England.

The BIR joined Stimson Center Analyst Victoria Holt for a screening and panel discussion about United Nations Peacekeeping at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC.

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