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:

-In April and May, 2016 the BIR reported from Ukraine: on reform two years after popular revolution; on the Crimean Tatars; and a virtual reality report for PBS Frontline: "Return to Chernobyl".

-In fall 2015, co-director Kira Kay was Ferris Visiting Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.

-In summer 2015, we returned for our third reporting trip to Myanmar to cover historic elections.