Ana Maria Luca

Working as BIRN’s Romanian correspondent based in Bucharest since 2016, she reports for the regional publication, Balkan Insight.

She has worked as a journalist since 2000, has extensive experience in covering politics as well conflict zones in the Middle East and the Balkans.

She was awarded second prize in the Austrian Press Agency’s “Writing for Central and Eastern Europe” in 2007 in Vienna, and won a special prize from the jury a for long social feature in Freedom House’s “Young Journalist of the year” competition in 2004, in Bucharest.

She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Bucharest and an Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University, Byblos, where she specialised in sectarian conflict and Islamic radicalisation.  Other than her native Romanian and English, she also speaks French, Spanish and Levantine Arabic.

Natalija Jovanovic

During her journalism studies, Natatalija joined BIRN in 2015 as an intern working on media privatisation and public tenders for media. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade in 2016.

She is currently doing a master’s in Social Science and Computing at the University of Belgrade.

Ana Curic

Ana joined BIRN Serbia in 2017.

She has a degree in international relations from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade.

Before joining BIRN, she was an intern at regional television network N1.

Ana has attended various courses and training sessions for journalists to improve her skills in digital media, investigative journalism and data journalism.

Dusica Tomovic

Dusica has been the Montenegrin correspondent based in Podgorica for BIRN’s regional publication Balkan Insight since 2013 and has been Balkan Insight Managing Editor since September 2018.

She has worked as a journalist since 2002, mainly covering politics and security issues.

Before joining BIRN, she worked for the Montenegrin newspaper Vijesti where she reported on security and military issues, and organised crime and corruption.

She graduated from the Music Academy, Cetinje, Montenegro and has completed a number of training courses in reporting and journalistic work. Dusica speaks Montenegrin, English and Italian.

Jovana Prusina

Jovana Prusina joined BIRN in 2018 as the Programme Coordinator for Balkan Transitional Justice (BTJ).

Based in Belgrade, Jovana is responsible for managing and coordinating all regional activities within BTJ programme, which focuses on building the capacities of local media and civil society in order to promote reconciliation and intercultural dialogue.

Prior to joining BIRN, Jovana worked as a project assistant at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights.

Jovana has a BA degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade.

She attended the School of Transitional Justice organised by the Humanitarian Law Center in 2017, and the Peace and Conflict Summer Programme at the Rochester Institute of Technology Kosovo in 2015.

Jovana speaks Serbian and English, and has basic knowledge of French.

Anja Vladisavljevic

Anja Vladisavljevic joined Balkan Insight’s team in May 2018 and she is a journalist and correspondent at for the website.

Based in Zagreb, Anja is responsible for daily news stories from Croatia as well as analysis, interviews and other stories on a variety of topics ranging from politics, economy, environment, culture, lifestyle, etc.

Previously, she worked as an editor for the Croatian edition of the French monthly newspaper, Le Monde Diplomatique for two years. She also worked as a journalist, editor and translator for the regional website Bilten.org from 2017 to 2018.

She graduated from the Department of History at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zagreb University. She speaks Croatian, English and Polish.

Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson is a journalist, translator and former Reuters Bureau Chief for the Balkans and Special Correspondent for Central and Eastern Europe.

Matt started in journalism with Belgrade’s Radio B92 in 2001, before spending 14 years with Reuters in the Balkans, the Middle East and former Soviet Union. He has reported from more than 20 countries, including Georgia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Turkey, Ukraine, Egypt and Greece.
In 2016, Matt was editor of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence. He re-joined BIRN in May 2018.

Mirjana Narandzic

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.

Madalin Necsutu

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 Dimitrov

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.