Global Journalist, a radio and television broadcast on KBIA, a National Public Radio affiliate in Missouri in the United States, takes stories from every corner of the globe and introduces them to Central Missouri. Global Journalist ignited my passion for international reporting. 

As an assistant producer, I was challenged to find guests, pre-interview, create detailed research documents, propose a guest list, gather content, write a text story and connect with our audience via social media. 


“It's living in a constant state of paranoia that maybe you’re next, maybe you’ll be the one who disappears.” 

- Dr.Timothy Grose, Assistant Professor of China Studies at Rose-Hulman

Years of unrest between the Uighurs, an ethnic minority in Xinjiang region of China, and the Central Republic of China has led to conflict in the region.


In a heavy-handed effort to integrate Uighurs into Chinese society, China is forcing Uighurs to attend re-education training or detaining Uighurs in re-education camps. Increased surveillance and military presence have gripped the region in fear. 

“One of the cells that I was in was about 8-foot square and there were about 16 guys in the cell...” 

- Peter Grose, UNESCO Chair in Journalism & Communication, University of Queensland

Today, Egypt is one of the worlds worst offenders against press freedom. Although Egypt’s current constitution enshrines a free press, bans censorship and ensures press independence, these rights are not protected in practice.


The country was ranked 161 of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders’ 2017 report. The government frequently imprisons journalists; holding 28 journalists in jail. This ranks Egypt as the third worst jailer of journalists worldwide in 2017 by the committee to protect journalists.

“Right-wing quasi-fascist groups have become a larger presence at these demonstrations. These are people who the government is reluctant to criticize because they are strong supporters of the government.”

- Jan Cienski, Senior policy editor at POLITICO Europe

What many once considered the poster child for democracy, Poland has fallen from its good graces. Since being elected into power in 2015, the Law and Justice party (PiS) has taken small strides to resist the democracy that Poland bargained for in 1989.


PiS has created a narrative of ultra-nationalism that has implored fear of outsiders in its people. They have also passed legislation to silence the media, proposed an amendment to deny their involvement in the Holocaust, and now are purging the courts.  

“Disgust of corruption, anger about crime and despair about the economy led to a big uncertainty, and unpopularity with the established Brazilian parties and that really pushed Bolsonaro into power.”

- Richard Lapper, independent writer and consultant specializing in Latin America

Jair Bolsonaro announced Brazil’s “liberation from socialism, inverted values, the bloated state and political correctness” after being sworn in as the country’s 38th president.  The far-right, populist president built his campaign on the conviction that he would rescue Brazil from virulent corruption, rising violent crime and devastating economic doldrums. 


However, Bolsonaro himself has increasingly become a questionable character in Brazilian politics with his radical, right-wing views and political incorrectness.