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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.

Die Morina


Die Morina is Kosovo correspondent for Balkan Insight.

Before joining BIRN in 2016, Die worked as a Kosovo correspondent for an Albanian television station, Top Channel, from 2013 onwards, covering the main political, security and social developments in Kosovo. Die did her BA in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Prishtina.

Fatjona Mejdini


Fatjona has been working as a journalist covering issues in Albania for more than a decade, working in some of the country’s main media outlets as well as regional publications.

She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Tirana and a master's degree in public administration.

In 2014, she won a place in the Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship programme run by the US Department of State and spent one year in Washington taking lessons at the University of Maryland and training for professional development.

She interned with Politico in the US in 2015, and has a passion for digital media and new techniques in storytelling and reporting.

Filip Rudic


Filip Rudic is a reporter from Belgrade who has worked in journalism since 2012.

Before joining BIRN in 2017, Filip worked as a freelancer for over a year, collaborating with the Centre for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CIJS) and other outlets.

He previously worked for Beta news agency for three years, from 2012 to 2015. He also collaborated with the Vojvodina Investigative Centre (VOICE). His articles were featured in the daily newspaper Privredni Pregled and the weekly Novi Magazin.

He has experience in daily reporting, as well as investigative journalism.

Filip won the Serbian Commissioner for the Protection of Equality’s annual media award in 2016.

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.

Maja Zivanovic


Maja joined BIRN as a reporter covering Serbia in June 2016. 

She has an MA in Communicology/Media Studies from the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad.

Prior to joining BIRN, she worked for regional public broadcaster RTV, Blic newspaper, e-Novine and local weekly List Zrenjanin.

She was awarded the best young investigative journalist in Vojvodina by the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina in 2015.

Marcus Tanner


Marcus Tanner is Editor at Balkan Insight

Marcus studied theology at Cambridge before becoming the Balkans correspondent for The Independent from 1988 to 1994.

He returned to London to become the Assistant Foreign Editor of The Independent from 1996 to 2000 before leaving to write books on Ireland and on the Celts and to work briefly in Kyrgyzstan.

He has worked full time for Balkan Insight since 2006, while continuing to write leader-page articles twice a month for The Independent.

His published books are: "Ticket to Latvia", Dent & Weidenfeld, "Croatia, a Nation Forged in War", "Ireland's Holy Wars", "The Last of the Celts" and "The Raven King, Matthias Corvinus and the Fate of His Lost Library", all published by Yale University Press.

He edited Marija Mestrovic's "Ivan Mestrovic, The making of a Master", published by Stacey International. He lives in London.

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.

Maria Cheresheva


Maria is a Sofia-based journalist and BIRN’s correspondent for Bulgaria.

Maria has covered topics related to Bulgaria’s integration in the European Union and human rights with a focus on freedom of expression and migration. She started her career in 2008 in the online media Evropa Dnevnik, Bulgaria’s Euractiv partner.

In 2010 she became one of the founders of the Bulgarian section of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ), a non-governmental organisation working for developing an independent and sustainable media environment in Bulgaria. Since then, she has participated and managed different projects related to press freedom in Bulgaria.

Maria holds a degree in European Studies from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

Her reporting has been published and broadcast in numerous local media, as well as in international outlets, such as the Balkan Insight, MO*, ZDF, and the Ethical Journalism Network.

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.

Matthew Collin


Matthew Collin 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.

Matthew joined BIRN in January 2013.

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.

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.

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.