We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) video news organization dedicated to offering coverage of overlooked international news stories to American news providers - and hence the underserved American public. 

The BIR strives to examine issues and places that often remain neglected because of the constraints on the modern US news market. Our model is to use new technology and streamlined production to efficiently yet thoroughly cover stories that otherwise would remain untold.  

Our directors have a combined 30 years experience in network television news and have worked for ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Discovery, CBC and the New York Times. They have reported from over 25 countries worldwide.

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The Bureau for

International Reporting


The BIR's work has received substantial recognition, including:

-Robert F Kennedy Memorial International Television Award

-First Place, News Magazine, National Headliner Awards

-Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Continuing Coverage and Best Report in a News Magazine

Along with contributions from individuals like you, the BIR is proud to have received substantial operating support from the following:

The Ford Foundation

The Carnegie Corporation

The Compton Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation

The Stanley Foundation

Humanity United

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Thank you.

Recent Highlights:

-BIR co-director Kira Kay named Ferris Visiting Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.

-Our March trip to Morocco resulted in reports on female spiritual leaders, foreign imam training and the fate of orphans under Islamic adoption. This trip was part of our collaboration with NYU.

-As conflict in Ukraine continues, watch our report on the unexpected way religion impacts the war.