Matt Robinson is a journalist, translator and former Reuters Bureau Chief for the Balkans and Special Correspondent for Central and Eastern Europe.
Based in Belgrade, Mirjana is working as the Editorial Assistant at Balkan Insight and as a proofreader for BIRN’s Balkan Transitional Justice in the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language.
Mirjana joined BIRN in 2017, as a journalist for Belgrade Insight. Soon after, she started helping with Balkan Insight social media networks.
In 2018, she was awarded the “Spasoje Pajo Blagojevic” prize for best the unpublished manuscript for authors under the age of 27 who write in languages from former Yugoslavia.
In 2017, she was one of the winners of Matica Srpska’s competition authors’ first book, after which her manuscript “Nevermind” was published for the same printing house.
Mirjana studied Serbian language and world literature at the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Philology. She speaks Serbian, English and Russian.
Based in Chisinau, Madalin Necsutu has been Balkan Insight’s correspondent from Moldova since 2017.
He is a political and investigative journalist who specialises in Eastern Europe and the politics of ex-Soviet states in the region.
He has worked as a journalist since 2006 for Romanian media outlets like the Mediafax news agency and daily newspapers ZIUA, Curentul and Evenimentul Zilei.
He was awarded for his political and investigative stories in Romania by the Romanian Professional Journalists Union in 2016; won the prize “European Reporter in 2017” by the European Commission; and has been awarded in Moldova by the UN Development Project in 2016.
He graduated from the Faculty of History in Bucharest, Romania, where he also completed an MA in International Relations. He did his postgraduate studies on diplomacy and is now doing a PhD in history in Chisinau, Moldova, where he has been based since 2015. He speaks Romanian, English, French, and basic Russian.
Martin joined BIRN’s regional publication Balkan Insight as a Sofia-based Bulgarian correspondent in 2018.
He specialises in Bulgarian domestic and foreign affairs as well as in educational and migration topics.
Before BIRN, he spent three years in the largest economic and political weekly newspaper in the country, Capital.
Martin holds an MA degree with Honours in Politics from the University of Glasgow in the UK and has served as a Study Abroad ambassador to Hong Kong University in 2012-2013. He speaks Bulgarian and English.
Mladen Lakic is a Sarajevo-based correspondent for BIRN’s regional publication, Balkan Insight.
Before joining BIRN in 2017, Mladen worked as a journalist on several media projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and the Post-Conflict Research Center, where he reported on human rights and transitional justice.
He was awarded the Srdjan Aleksic journalist’s prize in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013 for reporting on minorities and discriminated groups in Bosnia as well as the UNFPA BiH Award in 2016 for reporting on gender equality and women’s empowerment with a focus on conflict-related sexual violence.
Mladen graduated in journalism from the University of East Sarajevo.
He has attended numerous training courses for journalists in the country and abroad. He speaks Bosnian and English.
Doruntina Baliu is an investigative journalist, who has been working at the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), for the last two years.
She graduated, earning the title Bachelor in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Prishtina”Hasan Prishtina”.
Her education and professional background includes numerous trainings and workshops related to investigative reporting, on many cases focusing on the education field.
Doruntina has worked in investigative articles and tv shows on different stories about corruption and has won the ‘Story of the year in education reporting” prize, for junior journalists given by the Journalist Association of Kosovo and GIZ.
Based in Belgrade, Maja joined BIRN as a reporter covering Serbia in June 2016.
She worked as journalist-researcher on the BIRN’s 2017 documentary film ‘Your House Was My Home’, which tells the the story of how the 1990s war forced villagers in Serbia and Croatia to exchange homes with each other in an attempt to save their own lives. She has also cooperated as investigative journalist on BIRN project “Paper Trail for Better Governance.”
Prior to joining BIRN, she worked for regional public broadcaster RTV, Beta news agency, Blic newspaper, e-Novine and local weekly List Zrenjanin.
She was awarded the best young investigative journalist in Vojvodina by the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina in 2015 and has also received the EU Award for Investigative Journalism for Serbia in 2017.
She has an MA in Communication/Media Studies from the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad. She speaks Serbian and English.
Elameri began her professional career in journalism in 2000. She initially worked for daily newspaper Dnevni Avaz, reporting on social issues, and was also the editor-in-chief of Azra magazine for nine years.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo.
Haris has worked with BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina since September 2016.
He started working as a journalist in 2006. He worked for daily newspaper Oslobodjenje for three years before joining Dnevni List, where he worked for seven years, reporting on local crimes and the work of the judiciary in the field of organised crime, terrorism, corruption and, partially, war crimes.
Semir is an investigative journalist who joined BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina in April 2017.
He has worked as a journalist since 2006. He began his career with START BiH Magazine. In 2009 he joined Zurnal online magazine, where he mainly focused on researching corruption in the health and energy sectors and public procurement.
He graduated in journalism from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo.
Semir has attended advanced training courses in journalism, Reuters’ training of trainers and a one-month training course on economic and political reporting in London and Berlin, as well as the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting.
He was awarded a UNICEF prize for journalistic contribution for the protection and promotion of child rights in print media in 2016.