Mentor-Editor Michael Bociurkiw weighs in from British Columbia, Canada

Michael Bociurkiw has worked as a reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press; the Toronto Globe and Mail, (as a summer intern and as a national and international stringer; the South China Sunday Morning Post (Hong Kong) and as Malaysia Bureau Chief for Asia Times Bangkok) and was part of the start-up team of Eastern Express newspaper in Hong Kong. He has covered numerous events, from: the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine to the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China and has reported on several major global summits, including the Sixth Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and the 2002 G-8 summit in Calgary. Michael has also interviewed world leaders including: Lee Kuan Yew (Singapore), Fidel Ramos and Corazon Aquino (Philippines), Kim Campbell (Canada), Mahathir Mohamad (Malaysia), Chatichai Choonhaven (Thailand), B.J. Habibie (Indonesia) and Yulia Tymoshenko (Ukraine). His op-eds have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Globe and Mail and the South China Morning Post. For two consecutive years, Michael has managed the Eye See Photo Project — UNICEF’s signature annual children’s photography project, which has benefitted dozens of children in Pakistan Rwanda and Liberia (2007/2008). He is the editor of the book, Twenty-Two Years, Twenty-Two Voices and is now at work on his first book — Whatever it Takes: From Beverly Hills to Jerusalem.  Michael has worked in several posts for the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) — including as global spokesperson in Geneva and as a communication officer in several major disasters, including the second Iraq war, the Afghan emergency of 2001/2002, the South Asian earthquake in 2005 and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. He has appeared frequently on CNN, al-Jazeera and other broadcast outlets to speak about emergency operations. He is also part of the management team of HUM (Human Unlimited Media) an initiative to launch concentrated, sustainable coverage of 116 of the poorest countries of the world.Here, he tells us why he’s an OEP mentor-editor!


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