September 9, 2008
Worldfocus Staff Bios

Executive Producer Marc Rosenwasser and Anchor Daljit Dhaliwal lead Worldfocus’ team of seasoned journalists and diverse production professionals. Our reporters come from all over the world, bringing unique global perspectives to the newsroom.

Marc Rosenwasser, Executive Producer
Marc Rosenwasser has produced network television news for more than 25 years. Most recently, he was a Senior Producer for “CBS Evening News.” During a 16-year tenure at NBC News, Marc served as executive editor of “Dateline,” executive producer of “Tom Brokaw Reports” from 2001 to 2006 and senior broadcast producer of “Dateline” from 1994 to 2001. He spent seven years as a writer and producer at ABC News and more than seven years at The Associated Press, where he was a correspondent in Moscow for more than two years. Marc is a recipient of 23 Emmy Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, a Peabody Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Daljit Dhaliwal, Anchor
Daljit Dhaliwal is a seasoned broadcaster who has worked for some of the world’s most respected news organizations, including CNN International and BBC News. She has covered many of the major news stories of the last ten years, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the conflicts in the Middle East and the Balkans. Most recently, Daljit was the host of Foreign Exchange, a weekly half-hour international affairs series on PBS that examines America’s role in an increasingly complex and interdependent world. The series probes the global questions of the moment through conversations with international newsmakers, politicians, diplomats, and journalists. She was also the host of PBS Wide Angle.
Mohammad Al-Kassim, Associate Producer, Middle East
Mohammad Al-Kassim is a broadcast journalist who has reported on international, national and local issues for the English and Arabic press. He served as the news director at 90.1 KKFI-FM Kansas City Community Radio. Mohammad is from Jerusalem, fluent in English and Arabic and speaks conversational Hebrew. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Edward Deitch, Consulting Producer
Edward Deitch has produced and managed network news for more than 20 years. Most recently, he was a senior producer and editor for the “NBC Nightly News” with Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw. While at NBC he won a duPont-Columbia Award and two national news Emmy Awards and was nominated for 12 others. Edward was a writer at CBS News in television and radio, a reporter for United Press International, and began his career at The New York Times. Beyond news, he is the wine critic for and his weekly column received the James Beard Foundation Award for multimedia writing in 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University’s Columbia College.
Ivette Feliciano, Associate Producer, Central and South America
Ivette Feliciano previously worked as an assignment desk editor for WSNS-TV Telemundo Channel 44, covering breaking news stories and local elections in Chicago. As a native Spanish speaker, she has reported on immigration and human rights issues affecting Latino communities. Ivette received the 2001 National Hispanic Heritage Youth Award for Literature and Journalism. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Peter Eisner, Editorial Consultant
Peter Eisner is a 30-year veteran of international news. He has held editorial positions at The Washington Post, Newsday and The Associated Press and covered Latin America as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press and Newsday. As a deputy foreign editor at The Washington Post, he coordinated coverage of the 2004 Asian tsunami that won an award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Peter’s most recent book, “The Italian Letter,” investigates the fraudulent claim that Saddam Hussein sought uranium supplies in Africa. His 2004 book about escape lines in World War II, “The Freedom Line,” won the Christopher Award. Peter served as the managing director of the Center for Public Integrity from 1999 to 2001, and was founder and president of Newscom, an international online news service. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Evan Gold, Production Associate
Evan Gold has worked in broadcast production at WNET for several years on a number of award-winning projects. Evan holds a degree in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University, where he studied under Richard Heffner, WNET’s founding general manager.
Rebecca Haggerty, Senior Web Producer
Rebecca Haggerty has produced news and documentary programming for broadcast, cable, and public television. She was a consulting editor and member of the team that launched hyperlocal news startup In addition, she served as a Knight International Press Fellow in Eastern and Central Europe in 2001. Rebecca is the recipient of several journalism awards, including an Emmy award, several Emmy nominations, and citations from the Overseas Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. She holds a Mid-Career Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism
Connie Kargbo, Associate Producer, Africa
Connie Kargbo is a multimedia journalist who has produced content for television, radio and the blogosphere. She previously worked as an assignment editor at News 12, a local television station in New York. Connie also worked to expand MSNBC’s online presence and analyzed promotional strategies for its news anchors. A native of Sierra Leone, her production experience extends into Africa. Connie worked as a production assistant for the national television station in Zambia. She holds bachelors degrees in journalism and environmental science from New York University.
Christine Kiernan, Researcher, Russia, Eastern Europe and the Balkans
Christine Kiernan has associate produced documentaries for National Geographic, the History Channel, Discovery Channel and PBS. She began her career in the mid-1990s working in Moscow as a newscaster on local radio and as a researcher for the Los Angeles Times. Christine has also organized training seminars for journalists in Tajikistan for Internews, an NGO that works to strengthen local independent media. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a master’s in Russian/Central Asian regional studies from Harvard University.
Yuval Lion, Producer
In a production career spanning 13 years, Yuval Lion has worked in news, documentary and Web television. Most recently, he was the production director at TV360, a Web start-up. Previously, Yuval worked as a producer in the NBC News London Bureau, with major assignments in Iraq and Israel, and for Associated Press Television News in Jerusalem. He also wrote, directed and produced “My Cousin, the Chinaman,” an award-winning independent documentary based in China. Yuval holds a master’s degree in International Politics from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Mary Lockhart, Supervising Producer
Mary has worked as a television news producer for 20 years. Most recently, she was the national producer for NBC News. Previously, Mary was a producer for CBS News, The Christian Science Monitor and WCVB-TV. Mary has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. She has received many awards, including four Emmys, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award and the Knight Wallace Fellowship in Law from the University of Michigan. From 2006 to 2008, Mary was senior policy officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, where she headed up content development for a multimedia visitor center. She serves on the advisory board of the University of Washington’s Digital Media Program, and is a graduate of Smith College.
Bryan Myers, Producer
Bryan Myers has been producing network television news and documentaries for nearly 25 years. Most recently, he was a lead producer for the PBS news magazine program “NOW.” Bryan also worked at ABC News for 19 years, most of them as a producer for Ted Koppel’s “Nightline,” producing a mix of breaking news, feature stories and special series programming. Bryan has received nine Emmy Awards for reports ranging from the environment to Clinton’s presidential victory, and a Peabody award for a special series on the capture of Cambodian dictator Pol Pot. Bryan holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he also served as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economic Reporting.
Ben Piven, Multimedia Producer
Ben has previously worked at the Baltimore Sun covering local news and at doing web production. He has also produced multimedia packages for NYCInteractive. In 2007, he studied the caste system as a Fulbright scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. Originally from Baltimore, Ben speaks fluent French and is conversant in Hindi and Hebrew. He holds a master’s degree in multimedia journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Martin Savidge, Special Correspondent
Martin Savidge has canvassed the globe as a reporter, correspondent and anchor for NBC News and CNN, covering war zones and the aftermath of disaster. Martin reported regularly for NBC’s “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” the “Today” show and MSNBC. He worked at CNN on “The World Today,” “Early Edition,” and the weekend editions of “CNN Early Prime,” “Prime News,” “The World Today” and “CNN Worldview,” a global news program broadcast worldwide on CNN International. He has received two Headliner Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award and an Emmy. In October 2002, Martin was named “Media Person of the Year” by the National Journalism Education Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.
Stanley Spiro, Coordinating Producer
Stanley Spiro has held various positions in news production for over 25 years including coordinating producer, post-production supervisor and director. At ABC, Stanley worked on “20/20,” “Primetime Live” and “Good Morning America.” At PBS, he was the coordinating producer of “NOW” with Bill Moyers and director of the “Journal Editorial Report.” Stanley has also associate directed eight Olympic broadcasts, and directed entertainment programs, game shows and daytime drama. Stanley holds a bachelor’s degree in television studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Megan Thompson, Producer
Megan Thompson has worked in the areas of media, politics and domestic policy. Most recently, she was an associate producer for “NOW” on PBS where she shot, edited and produced video. Previously, Megan worked as an assistant producer for NBC News. She received a Student Academy Award and a Gracie Allen Award for a documentary film she produced about the growing number of American women becoming farmers. Megan has also worked in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide and in the House of Representatives as communications director. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.
Gizem Yarbil, Associate Producer
Gizem is a video journalist who has reported for various international news networks. She has also produced documentaries centering on issues surrounding the Middle East. Most recently, Gizem worked as a freelance producer for Reuters TV and Al Jazeera English in New York City, covering the United Nations, Wall Street and local stories with an international angle. Gizem worked as an assistant producer for an international affairs news program that aired on CNNTurk in Istanbul, Turkey. She is fluent in Turkish and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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