Committee to Protect Journalists, where he blogs on journalist security. A veteran journalist and former Emergency Medical Technician, Frank has covered armed conflicts, organized crime and human rights abuses in El Salvador, Guatemala, Cuba, Colombia, Rwanda, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Jordan and Iraq, where, in 1991, he was imprisoned for 18 days. Smyth has reported for CBS News, and written for outlets including The Nation, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs. Through the 1990s, Frank was an arms trafficking investigator for Human Rights Watch, and wrote Arming Rwanda released on the eve of the 1994 genocide. He served for seven years, until 2010, on the board of the European-based International News Safety Institute. Smyth is a former Frank Ochberg Fellow at the Columbia University-based Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and co-author of the Dart Center’s main guide, Tragedies and Journalists. Frank is the main author of CPJ’s Journalist Security Guide, released in seven languages along with an IPad application and eBook in 2012. Frank has been awarded for both his journalism and service to the journalism community.
Smyth is an internationally recognized expert on press freedom, journalist security and related matters. He has testified before the U.S. House and Senate, the Organization of American States, and the International Commission of Jurists. Frank has appeared on CNN, CNN en Español, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, Reuters Television, Public Broadcasting Service “News Hour with Jim Lehrer,”Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” PRI’s “The World,” C-Span, BBC, BBC Arabic, Radio France Internationale, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Arabiya, Alhurra, “Democracy Now!”, WBAI New York, Pacifica, KPFA San Francisco and WNYC New York. Frank has also spoken at forums in cities including Washington, Philadelphia, New York, San Diego, Doha, Berlin, Bonn, Rome, Tonsberg (Norway), Erbil (Iraq), and in Spanish via video to Guatemala City.
Frank is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Boston College. He also continues to work as a journalist for outlets like Mother Jones, and has been a frequent, on-air contributor about the gun lobby on MSNBC. Read more about Frank here.
Mark Basil is security awareness and surveillance detection director of Global Journalist Security. Mark has nearly 20 years experience as a security professional acquiring extensive knowledge of both U.S. government and private sector practices. He served for 10 years in the United States Secret Service, including in the anti-terrorism mission where he coordinated covert protection for world leaders and was active in National Special Security Events. He initiated many projects for a unique, tactical program element. Mark performed security surveys and vulnerability assessments for Secret Service protectees and was selected as the liaison for his unit with Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the United States Coast Guard in conjunction with joint protective operations. Mark is an industry CPP Certified Protection Professional. His areas of expertise include: Surveillance Detection and Counter-Surveillance; Threat Analysis, Security Audits and Vulnerability Assessments; and Strategic Program Development, Personal Protection, and Security Management.
Ester Eriksson is senior trainer and digital safety co-director of Global Journalist Security. Ester has a Master’s degree in engineering from a Scandinavian university. Over the past five years, she has worked as an consultant in the fields of computer security, secure communications, DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service protection and secure hosting. Ester is an experienced trainer of grass-root organizations, university undergraduates, journalists and others in the fields of wireless communication, communication systems, and secure communications.
Arturo Blair is senior trainer and digital safety co-director of Global Journalist Security. Arturo has 15 years experience in computer security, and holds a PhD in Internet Privacy from a Scandinavian university. Arturo has worked as a consultant over the last 10 years in the fields of computer security, DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service mitigation, Internet infrastructure and secure communications. Arturo is an experienced trainer as well as a pioneer in bringing connectivity to remote and isolated areas in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Iason Athanasiadis is senior trainer and cultural responsiveness director of Global Journalist Security. Fluent in Greek, Arabic, Persian and Turkish, Athanasiadis has graduate degrees in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University, and in Contemporary Iranian Studies from the School of International Studies in Tehran. He was later a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University. An award-winning photojournalist, documentary filmmaker and writer, Athanasiadis has lived and reported in Cairo, Damascus, Sanaa, Tehran, Istanbul and Kabul. He has contributed to the BBC and Channel 4, and written for publications including the International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times (London), Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator. In 2009 Athanasiadis was jailed for three weeks during post-election unrest in Iran. He has also reported from Cuba, Libya, North Korea and Iraq.
armed conflicts and military affairs. Working for Knight-Ridder newspapers, he was a correspondent in Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002 and in Iraq in 2003. In the mid-2000s Drew covered the Pentagon for Knight-Ridder from Washington, D.C. From 2008 through 2011, he reported for Stars and Strips in Iraq and Afghanistan. Drew has also reported from Panama, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, the West Bank and Bosnia.
Matt Hansen is associate manager of Global Journalist Security and is involved in every aspect of GJS including both security training and business management. Matt served as Journalist Security Researcher for the Committee to Protect Journalists from 2006 until 2008, culminating in “Deadly News,” a 2008 special report. He conducted the first full-length tabulation and analysis of CPJ’s global death toll of journalists from 1992 to the present, and developed data and analysis for CPJ’s `2008 Year of Impunity’ campaign. Since then, Matt has worked in developing new reporting projects in a variety of digital and local media outlets. He has a B.A. with Honors in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University.
Sonia Reynolds is finance director of Global Journalist Security. She handles accounting and payroll, and manages GJS’ financial compliance with clients, partners and donors. A Certified Public Accountant and CEO of the Virginia-based firm, Jain and Associates, Sonia has more than twenty years of accounting experience including work at a big four accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Fortune 500 companies including General Motors, and nonprofit organizations including the United Way. Sonia’s specialties include direct and indirect cost allocation, and helping for-profit and nonprofit organizations identify and adhere with controls to ensure compliance. She earned her M.B.A. at a top ten business school at the University of Michigan, graduating with “Highest Distinction,” and her B.S. Cum Laude from Kettering University.