Marcel Gascón Barberá

Based in Bucharest, Marcel covers current affairs and writes features, interviews and other content on Romania since June 2019, when he joined the Balkan Insight team.

Before joining BIRN, he has worked as a foreign correspondent for EFE Spanish News Agency in Romania, South Africa and Venezuela, and has been published as a freelancer in several Spanish and international publications.

He studied journalism in Madrid and Bucharest.

Marcel speaks Catalan, Spanish, English and Romanian.

Hatidza Gusic

Based in Sarajevo’s BIRN Hub office, Hatidza manages media projects and oversees implementation activities, as well as the process of developing rulebooks, guidelines and modification of existing provisions. She also acts as a liaison for the Network in terms of capacity building.

Hatidza worked as a project manager for NGOs for various human rights and media projects, and most recently as a grants manager at Internews for the Balkans Media Assistance Program. She is a co-author of the book #ZeneBiH – an illustrated book about extraordinary women from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Hatidza has BA in Management from the Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo and MA/MSc – Joint Double Diploma Master Programme in Economics and Management of Public Sector and Environment.

She speaks Bosnian, English and Spanish.

Milica Stojanovic

Based in Belgrade, Milica works on stories related to transitional justice in Serbia.

Before joining BIRN, Milica worked, for five years, at the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS), where she covered topics such as the judiciary, energy and public spending. Prior to CINS, Milica worked as a journalist and the daily/weekend editor at the online news portal

As a member of CINS team, she won the 2017 European Press Prize for investigative journalism. She got an annual award for investigative journalism in 2015 from the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia. She holds seven domestic and international awards in total, alone or as a member of CINS team, for stories about the judiciary, corruption, or the environment.

Milica has MA in Journalism from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. She speaks Serbian and English.

Jovana Sesterikov

Based in Belgrade, Jovana works as a coordinator on BIRN’s investigative programmes.

Before joining BIRN, she was the News Editor at VICE Serbia.

She was also a journalist at the weeklies Nedeljnik and Novi Magazin, the monthly, Original, the online portal, Nadlanu, and as an intern at NIN magazine

Jovana holds Bachelor’s degree in Communicology from the Faculty of Culture and Media.

She speaks Serbian and English.

Robert Anderson

Robert is a correspondent for Reporting Democracy, and is living in the Czech Republic.

He has been a journalist for more than 30 years, starting out in his native Wales at the Western Mail, before joining the Financial Times in London. During his 24 years at the FT he was the paper’s correspondent in Prague and Stockholm, as well as Deputy European News Editor and European Company News Editor.  During the past four years he managed, a CEE business news site aimed at financial investors.

Robert has a master’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Queen’s College, Oxford University, and in international relations from the London School of Economics. He speaks French and has a passive understanding of Czech.

Miroslava Germanova

Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, Miroslava covers a variety of topics concerning politics, rule of law, freedom and democracy in original features or interviews.

She has worked as a freelance journalist since 2010, covering topics such as politics, minorities, extremism, gender equality or economy. She has worked for global media outlets, as well as local newspapers, magazines and a news agency.

She has completed a Master’s degree in Journalism from Comenius University in Bratislava.

Miroslava speaks Slovak/Czech and English, and a little German.

Edit Inotai

Based in Budapest, Edit is reporting about Hungary for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.

She was formerly the Foreign Editor and Berlin Correspondent of the leading daily, Nepszabadsag, and the foreign policy analyst for the business weekly, Figyelo.

Edit holds a PhD from Corvinus University Budapest and has MA from ELTE University Budapest in English and Spanish philology.

She speaks Hungarian, English, German, Spanish.

Claudia Ciobanu

Based in Warsaw, Claudia is reporting on political and social developments in Poland. Originally from Romania, she’s been based in Warsaw since 2012.

Claudia has been a journalist for a decade, starting out at the Romanian national daily, Cotidianul, before moving to cover Central and Eastern Europe as a freelancer for various international outlets. Her articles have appeared in The Guardian, Reuters and Al Jazeera. She is particularly interested in social movements, frontline communities and illiberal regimes.

Claudia won the first prize in the 2018 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic excellence. She was a finalist in the Reporting Europe and One World Media awards.

She has MA in Political Science from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Blerta Begisholli

Blerta is a correspondent for Balkan Insight from Kosovo. She covers politics, economy and culture, and has a special focus on Transitional Justice and reporting about the turbulent past of Kosovo in 1998-99.

Previously she did legal research for ICODA European Affairs, a Brussels based lobbying company that specialised in financial and insurance advises. Blerta has also worked as Project Coordinator at the European Integration Organisation in Pristina and did a mentorship at the Kosovar Embassy in Vienna, Austria.

She has received a double Master Degree in International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, Italy, and in European Union Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Before that she received a Bachelor degree in European Integration Studies in ISPE University in Pristina and English Language and Literature at the University of Pristina.

Blerta speaks Albanian, English, Italian, German and Spanish.

Yllka Hoxha

Yllka has been the Finance and Human Resources Manager at BIRN Kosovo since February 2019.

She previously worked for eight years in the development department, in human resources, administration and finances at BIRN Kosovo and Internews Kosova.

She finished her studies at the University of Pristina and holds a master’s degree in marketing. She is a member and student at the Society of Certified Accountants and Auditors of Kosovo and is attending its certification programme for accountants.