AP Journalist Takes Over as BIRN Editor in Belgrade

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Aleksandar Vasovic, the Bratislava-based Associated Press correspondent, has been appointed Belgrade-based BIRN editor-trainer.

Prior to his Bratislava post, Vasovic was AP correspondent in Kiev, Ukraine. Between 2004 and 2006, he covered developments there, including the so-called Orange Revolution.

Since joining AP in 1999, he has also covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Macedonia, the insurgency in southern Serbia, the Kosovo war and Slobodan Milosevic’s ousting and arrest, as well as other key developments in the Balkans and the rest of Europe.

Vasovic’s career began in the late 1980s with Radio Beograd. He then moved to Radio B92 in 1991, where he worked as a journalist, editor and foreign desk editor, covering the violent breakup of Yugoslavia.

He has also produced two B92 TV documentaries about the Northern Ireland peace process and the Middle East conflict.

Vasovic’s will be responsible for monitoring local and regional trends, overseeing contributors, implementing regional projects in Serbia, including the training of journalists enrolled in BIRN Serbia local projects.

Vasovic will take formally take up his post on April 1.