About the Team

Members of the Balkan Transitional Justice team include highly skilled managers, editors, and journalists from the region and abroad and an experienced language team of locally based translators and proofreaders.

Gordana Igrić, Director of BIRN

Gordana is the founder of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and currently serves as the Regional Network Director. She began her career as a journalist in Belgrade in 1981, and later reported from Bosnia and Kosovo during the wars that accompanied the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Following the conflict, she returned to research and document war crimes. Gordana has received several journalism awards, including the 1998 Overseas Press Club (USA) Award for Human Rights Reporting and a Human Rights Watch (HRW) award for her research into war crimes in Foca, Bosnia. Before founding BIRN, she was the Balkan project manager at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) from 1999 until August 2005, during which time IWPR's Balkan reporting received numerous press awards and media citations.

Marina Radenković, Project Coordinator

Marina has joined the BIRN team as coordinator of the Balkan Transitional Justice project. Prior to joining the BIRN she worked in NGO sector and United Nations on projects related to human rights issues. Marina is a lawyer and holds a Master degree in International Relations and a Master degree in Protection of Human Rights from the University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. She has completed educational program in the field of gender women's studies at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade.

Ana Petruševa, Managing Editor

Ana has been working as a journalist since 1997. She was a staff writer for the Skopje based Forum magazine until 2000. During the 1999 Kosovo conflict she worked with television stations Arte, Spiegel TV and Rai Uno. In 2000 she won a scholarship for a  year of professional development at Indiana University's School of Journalism, and spent a year in the United States. While overseas, she worked as a correspondent for Deutsche Welle's Macedonian service. From 2001, she covered the Macedonian conflict and its aftermath for Reuters. In 2002 she was Associate producer of IWPR`s documentary Ohrid and Beyond. She was also IWPR's Country Director for Macedonia from 2003 until 2005. She established BIRN in Macedonia in 2005. In 2006, she produced BIRN’s documentary on Kosovo "Does Anyone Have a Plan?".

Matthew Collin, English Language Editor-in-Chief

Matthew Collin, EditorMatthew Collin joined BIRN in January 2013. Matthew is a journalist, broadcaster and author who has worked as a foreign correspondent for the BBC, Al Jazeera and Agence France-Presse. He has also been the editor of The Big Issue, the Time Out website and i-D magazine. He has worked in print, television, radio and online media and has written for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Observer and The Wall Street Journal. His books include This is Serbia Calling and The Time of the Rebels.


Jasmina Djikoli, Radio Editor

Djikoli, although a lawyer by profession, has been working as journalist for 20 years. She edits and anchors BIRN Radio programmes. She started working for BIRN BiH in 2008. Previously, she worked as a reporter and editor for several radio stations in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH Radio 1, FERN, Student eFM radio, Studio 99) and projects related to radio stations in south-east Europe (SEE News Exchange Project).


Denis Džidić, Journalist and Reporter (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Denis joined BIRN's regional office in Sarajevo in 2008 as a journalist involved in the Justice Report project. Previously he worked for two years at the IWPR, where he gained valuable experience by covering war crimes trials and issues related to transitional justice. He has also worked part-time for the Oslobođenje daily newspaper, REZ youth magazine, and the Southeastern European Times website. He recently graduated from the University of Sarajevo with a degree in journalism.

Siniša Jakov-Marušić, Journalist and Reporter (Macedonia)

Siniša is a regular contributor to the news and analysis sections of BIRN’s online publication, Balkan Insight. He has been covering Macedonia’s political, social and economic developments for several years. He studied Ethnology and Anthropology, and in 2007 finished the Journalism School at the Macedonian Institute for Media, (MIM) in Skopje. His articles and analysis also appear in other local written and electronic media.

Marija Ristić, Journalist and Reporter (Serbia)

Marija joined BIRN’s Transitional Justice Regional Journalistic Network after pursuing a traineeship at the Press and Information Unit at the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia. She has also worked as an assistant editor and science journalist at the Institute for Informatics Systems and Computer Media, at the Technical University of Graz. She has also interned as a journalist focusing on topics related to economics at the Politka daily newspaper. During her studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade she worked as a journalist for the student magazine Politokolog and as host for the Radio production “Slušaonica 6” for Radio Studio B in Belgrade. She also received additional education at the School of Investigative Journalism at the Center for Investigative Journalism in Serbia, the European Journalism Centre in the Netherlands, and other organizations.

 

Petrit Collaku, Journalist and Reporter (Kosovo)

 people-petrit-collakuPetrit Collaku joined Balkan Transitional Justice team in October 2014 as a TJ journalist from  Kosovo. Petrit has been working for BIRN since August 2009 writing daily news and analysis, interviews, and investigations for BIRN’s Balkan Insight website, Prishtina Insight newspaper, Gazeta JNK news portal and the weekly TV show Life in Kosovo. Petrit studied German Language and History, and went on to work for the International Committee of the Red Cross, where his duties were to maintain contact with civil authorities and leaders and citizens of Kosovo and abroad regarding missing people and detainees from Kosovo. Collaku worked previously as a reporter for UN TV and radio, covering stories on UN agencies and EU projects relating to the rule of law, health, education and the economy. He has also worked as an investigative journalist.

Dušica Tomović, Journalist and Reporter (Montenegro)

Dušica Tomovic has been Montenegro correspondent for BIRN's Balkan Insight since 2013. Dusica joined Balkan Transitional Justice team in November 2014 as TJ journalist from Montenegro. Dušica has worked as a journalist since 2002, mainly covering politics and security issues. Before joining BIRN, she worked for Montenegrin newspapers Vijesti where she reported on secutiry and military issues, and organized crime and corruption. She has completed a number of training courses in reporting and journalistic work.

Emica Niami-Nalbantić, Translator (Macedonian)

Emica is an experienced translator from English to Macedonian and a certified court interpreter. She graduated  with a degree in journalism in Skopje, Macedonia. She has worked for the student newspaper Student Word, Macedonian Radio, the political magazine Denes and daily newspaper Macedonian Denses. She has worked at A1 TV for over 18 years, first as a reporter and later as the editor of daily news. Since 2000, Emica has been working in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a correspondent for Radio Deutsche Welle and Macedonian A1 TV. She has also worked for NTV 99, RTV Alfa, the political magazine Walter, Radio Fern, Radio Alfa, as well as a number of NGOs.

Milka Domanović, Translator (Serbian) 

 Milka joined BIRN’s Balkan Transitional Justice project as translator in January 2014. Prior to BIRN Milka worked as an online journalist and daily editor for Serbia’s public broadcaster, RTS. She holds diploma in journalism from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. During her studies she worked as an editor-in-chief of the student program 'Slušaonica 6', which is broadcasted on the Radio Studio B in Belgrade. She interned as a journalist at the Deutsche Welle's Serbian service in Germany. Milka has also received additional education at the Electronic Media School in Germany, the College of Europe in Belgium and other organizations. Milka has received several journalism awards for the radio reportage 'Medom protiv mraka' (Teddy Bear against the Dark), including 'Zoran Mamula' Award (B92) and Golden Diploma of the INTERFER (International Festival of Reportage in Sombor, Serbia) in 2009.

Gjergj Erebara, Translator (Albanian)
/en/file/show/gjergj-erebara.jpgGjergj Erebara joined BTJ team as a translator in September 2014. Gjergj is journalist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, in Albania. Since 1998 he has worked as a journalist for various print publications, electronic media and televisions. He has a bachelor degree in Journalism and Master of Science degree in Economic History from University of Lund.