Strengths: Award-winning reporter with 20+ years of journalistic experience covering local, national and international news and politics, as well as wars in Sudan, Afghanistan and the former Soviet Union; creativity, versatility, ability to generate stories, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines, fluency in English, French, Russian and Armenian, as well as basic Arabic.
JOURNALIST (PRODUCER/REPORTER/ANCHOR) 2015 to present
Radio Canada International, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Montreal, Canada
Produce and write daily news and feature multimedia stories for the English service of Radio Canada International, the CBC’s international service. Research and produce a weekly column about Canada’s engagement on the international scene. Produce regular reports for Eye on the Arctic, an award-winning circumpolar media collaboration project launched and hosted by RCI under my leadership in 2010.
JOURNALIST (NEWS PRODUCER/WRITER/COMMENTATOR) 2013 to 2015
BT Montreal, City television, Montreal, Canada
Produce, write and coordinate newscasts on Breakfast Television Montreal, a daily TV show on City. Assign and supervise the news team, research and produce current affairs and news related items for the show. Occasionally comment on air on international news and current affairs in the Middle East and the former USSR.
JOURNALIST (PRODUCER/REPORTER) 2006 to 2013
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Montreal, Canada
Generated ideas, researched and produced The Link, the flagship hour-long daily radio show on Radio Canada International’s English language service. Managed a team of 11 full-time correspondents and production staff, as well as freelance contributors in Canada and overseas. Produced CBC’s morning and noon-hour radio shows in Montreal on temporary basis.
Eye on the Arctic, Radio Canada International, Montreal, Canada
Founded and launched Eye on the Arctic, an international multi-media and multi-platform co-production of circumpolar media on the issue of climate change adaptation in the Arctic. Became 2011 Webby Awards Honoree in News and Politics Individual Episode Category
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ottawa, Canada
Generated ideas, researched, produced and reported on air local, regional and national news and current affairs items for CBC Radio and TV in Ottawa.
JOURNALIST (FREELANCE REPORTER) 1998 to present
Production Sevunts (Self-employed)
Deutsche Presse-Agentur stringer in Canada
Covered the war in Afghanistan for The Washington Times and the Toronto Star as an embedded reporter with U.S. and Canadian troops in May and June 2005.
Covered the civil war in Darfur, Sudan and the humanitarian relief effort in Chad for the Toronto Star and The Washington Times in July and August 2004.
Contributed freelance stories for various national print and broadcast media in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, including the Reader’s Digest Magazine, Canadian Business Magazine, U.S. Homeland Security & Defense Magazine, BBC, CBC, Global TV and Télé-Québec.
JOURNALIST (TV PRODUCER) Jan.-May 2004
On Assignment, CFCF News, Montreal, Canada
Generated ideas, researched and produced long format items for a current affairs/investigative show called On Assignment at CFCF News, the CTV affiliate in Montreal
JOURNALIST (GENERAL ASSIGNMENT) 2000 – 2004
The Gazette, Montreal, Canada
Wrote general assignment stories and features for The Gazette, Montreal’s English language daily, researched and developed ideas for a new beat dealing with international stories that have a Montreal connection; worked as a night police reporter and translated wire stories from French into English
JOURNALIST (WAR CORRESPONDENT) Oct.-Nov. 2001
The Gazette (Special assignment in Afghanistan)
Covered the war in Afghanistan for The Gazette and the CanWest Corp. Wrote news and feature stories, as well as analytical pieces on the situation in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Received the 2001 Norman Webster Award for Foreign Reporting
JOURNALIST (POLITICAL REPORTER) 1991 – 1992
Haylur (Armenian News), Armenian TV, Yerevan, Armenia
Covered national politics in Armenia and the former USSR for the daily news broadcasts.
Carried in depth documentaries on problems of refugees, hostages and PoWs
Investigated activities of organized criminal groups in the former USSR
JOURNALIST (WAR CORRESPONDENT) 1990 – 1991
Information Center of the Armenian Christian Democratic Party, Yerevan, Armenia
Covered wars in Nagorno-Karabagh and South Ossetia. Edited and wrote news letters, press releases and media digests.
Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) 1994 – 1996
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Honours Program in Middle Eastern Studies 1986 – 1992
Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia
English, French, Russian, Armenian, Arabic (basic)
MS Windows and Mac, HTML, Photoshop, Dalet, iNews, WordPress, Joomla, Social Media
Photojournalism Certificate, Dawson College, Montreal, Canada
Hostile Environment Training, Canadian Forces Peace Support Training Centre, Kingston, Canada
Military service and combat experience: USSR Air Force (radio-operator, combat first aid), Armenian Homeland Defence Force (light infantry)
2011 Webby Awards Honoree in News and Politics Individual Episode Category
2002 Tekeyan Cultural Association Award for Excellence in Journalism, Canada
2002 Queen Elizabeth II 50th Jubilee Medal
2001 Norman Webster Award for Foreign Reporting, Montreal, Canada