An Evening with Michele Mitchell
Careers in Foreign Affairs Reporting Today
CEO and Executive Editor, Film@11
Formerly with CNN Headline News
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
6:00-7:00 p.m. Registration, Networking, Reception
7:00-8:30 p.m. Presentation
Hungarian Mission to the United Nations
227 East 52nd Street, New York
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Guests and Non-Members: $15
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Forget the iconic foreign reporter in a trench coat, lugging a typewriter to far-flung places. Reporting overseas today means multiple platforms, a wide variety of sources and, often, a lot more danger. How has social media affected reporting — and how do you get one of these jobs?
Michele Mitchell is an award-winning broadcast journalist known for her political investigative work which has taken her to some of the dicier parts of the world. She began her career on television with CNN Headline News, where she was the political anchor from 2000-2003, covering elections, the war on terror and legislation. She particularly emphasized the Patriot Act, which earned her the verbal disdain of Attorney General John Ashcroft's staff and frequent appearances on "Politically Incorrect."
After her stint at HLN, Michele moved on to work with Bill Moyers on his PBS program "NOW." There, she reported on the Abramoff scandal, female voters (which brought her a Gracie award), voter fraud, and the war on terror. Her story about slavery in Nepal was an honorary citation at the Overseas Press Awards in 2009.
Michele currently is executive editor and CEO of Film@11, an independent media company, distributing news programming on the Internet and mobile. Film@11 has a worldwide reach of 1.8 billion. She produced the short documentary "Reporting for Duty," about Israeli reservists in the 2nd Lebanon War, which aired on PBS and on the Internet to a total audience of 10 million.
A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Michele started her career on Capitol Hill, where she was the youngest congressional communications director, for Rep. Pete Geren (D-TX), who went on to become the Secretary of the Army for both President Bush and President Obama. Michele left Capitol Hill to finish her first book, A New Kind of Party-Animal: How the Young are Changing Politics As Usual, and for a brief stint on the New York Times editorial board.
Michele has reported extensively from Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Jordan, West Bank, Israel, Lebanon, Libya and Morocco and most of the 50 states.
From Film@11 Productions: Haiti: Where Did the Money Go?
In January 2010, a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti. The international community, including one out of two Americans, pledged billions of dollars in aid, yet the nation has seen little improvement. Three hundred thousand died, nearly two million live in ramshackle tent cities. Cholera has swept through the population, killing thousands and hospitalizing many others. Only about 2% of the rubble has been cleared.
Is this what you expected when you pledged your aid dollars? Independent journalists Film@11.tv journeyed to Haiti in November 2010 to see the situation for themselves, and dig into the burning question: what happened to all that money?
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