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Gordana Andric

Managing Editor, Balkan Insight 


Gordana is an experienced journalist with in-depth knowledge of the politics and economy of the Balkan countries.

Gordana serves as the managing editor of BIRN’s Belgrade Insight, a twice-monthly newspaper that covers the Serbian capital. She also writes news stories, analysis and investigations for both the newspaper and BIRN’s website, Balkan Insight.

Besar Likmeta

Albania Country Editor


Besar has extensive experience in journalism, having worked in print, television and electronic media in both the US and Albania since 2003.

Besar has been the editor for BIRN Albania since 2007, and serves as the country correspondent for Balkan Insight.

Dusica Tomovic

Montenegro Country Editor 

DušicaTomovic has been Montenegro correspondent for BIRN's Balkan Insight since 2013.

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.

Gjergj Erebara



Gjergj Erebara 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.

Srecko Latal

Bosnia  Country Editor


As Associated Press correspondent and editor, SreckoLatal covered Bosnia and Herzegovina during and after the 1992-1995 war, but also reported from other places such as Kosovo, Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

He also wrote for numerous regional or international media and analytical organizations, and worked as communications expert and political advisor for the World Bank and other international organizations.

Marian Chiriac

Romania Country Editor


Marian Chiriac has worked as a journalist since 1990, mainly covering politics and human rights issues.

He has reported extensively on most major events in Romania and the Balkan area, and teaches diversity reporting to journalism students at Bucharest University.

He became a regular contributor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in 1999, and in 2005 established BIRN Romania. Marian is the winner of the Net Media Awards 2003 - Best News Story Broken on the Net.

Sven Milekic



Sven Milekic joined the Balkan Insight team in May 2014.

Sven was working with the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in 2011 during the RECOM Campaign for collecting signatures.  He was also working as a coordinator of the Transitional Justice Program from November 2011 and as local advocate for the RECOM campaign from September 2012.

Sven Milekićis born in Zagreb and graduated on the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb. Prior to YIHR  he was involved in Amnesty International Croatia.

Sinisa-Jakov Marusic



Sinisa-JakovMarusic is a Skopje-based journalist and regular contributor for the news and analysis sections of BIRN’s online publication, Balkan Insight.

Since 2007, Sinisa has covered Macedonia’s political, social and economic developments, especially those linked to Macedonian post conflict society and transitional justice.

Valerie Hopkins 



Valerie Hopkins is an American journalist who has worked extensively throughout the Balkans.

Valerie holds a B.A. in International Relations from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and an M.A. in political journalism from Columbia University in New York, NY. Her M.A. thesis, about female war criminals from the Bosnian war, wasthe runner up for best thesis of the year.

Petrit Collaku


Petrit Collaku is an award winning journalist covering Kosovo for BIRN since 2009.

He studied German language and history and prior joining BIRN worked for numerous media outlets as a reporter. Petrit also worked 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.

Marija Ristic



Marija joined BIRN in 2011 as journalist covering Serbia. She is also one of the editors of Balkan Transitional Justice programe. Marija is further engaged in BIRN’s documentary production.

She studied German language and journalism, and is currently pursuing for her master’s degree in international security. Marija has received numerous awards and scholarships from the OSCE, the Dr Zoran Djindjic Foundation, the Serbian Ministry of Education, the Austrian government and the Norway Research Council.

Ivana Nikolic



Ivana joined BIRN in April 2014 as a journalist covering Serbia. Prior to BIRN, Ivana interned on the foreign news desk the Serbia’s public broadcaster, RTS.

She completed journalism studies at Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. Ivana also studied at University of Groningen as part of Erasmus Mundus scheme. She received numerous awards and scholarships from the European Union and the Serbian Ministry of Education.

Denis Dzidic


Denis joined BIRN BiH in August 2008, and is now the deputy editor for the Justice Report project and a journalist for the Balkan Transitional Justice project.

Prior to BIRN, Denis worked as a journalist for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and the monthly youth magazine Rez.

He graduated from the Journalism Department of the Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo.