John Wendle is an freelance writer, photographer, videographer, video editor, and producer based in Dakar, Senegal. Reporting on human and environmental conflict, science, and conservation, John creates multimedia packages as well as text features, photo essays, and videos from some of the world's most remote and dangerous places. He is also available as a field producer for television, employing his keen news sense, vast experience tracking down and interviewing sources, and planning and implementing complex logistical operations to far-flung locations. John has 15 years of experience living and reporting in the republics of the former Soviet Union, Afghanistan, and now West Africa. He has worked in nearly 20 countries and speaks fluent Russian and French. Working as a writer, photographer, cameraman, editor, and producer, John’s packages and features have appeared in National Geographic, PBS, Scientific American, TIME, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, Le Monde, The Times, The Guardian, Outside, The Economist, UNHCR, the ICRC, MSF, and many others. John has a master's from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Reporters Without Borders.
PBS: An Industrial Plant in the Crosshairs A conflict between Ukraine and Russia since 2014 has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced 2 million and put businesses on the border, like the Metinvest plant in Eastern Ukraine, in the crossfire. Metinvest is the largest plant in Europe turning coal into a fuel to produce steel and it is constantly under attack. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
HRW: Barriers to Free Movement for the Elderly Older people who need to travel between the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine and government-controlled areas face arbitrary obstacles, including risks to their health and safety, says Human Rights Watch in a new report.
ICRC: Landmine’s Scars “I’m afraid to close my eyes - whenever I do, I see a burning tractor," says Valentina Marenkova, who's husband was killed by a landmine while tilling a field near Mariupol. ICRC is working to support those who have lost family to landmines as well as those wounded by mines in the country's east. After four years of conflict, Ukraine is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world. More anti-vehicle mine accidents have happened in Ukraine than in any other country for three years in a row, according to Halo. The majority of fighting has taken place near settlements, leaving mines and other ERW a direct threat to the safety of communities across the eastern part of the country, in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, with well over half a million civilians affected in government-controlled areas alone. The full extent of the contamination is not yet known.
PBS: Ukraine’s Front Line As a four-year conflict between Ukraine’s government and Russian-backed separatists continues, Ukraine has emerged as one of the biggest sources of contention between Russia and the U.S. A few weeks ago, the Trump administration provided the former Soviet nation with anti-tank missiles as assistance in the war. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports from Ukraine.
USAID: Economic Development in Casamance Casamance was once Senegal's food basket, with rich plantations of cashew, mango, and dozens of other kinds of fruit. The decades-long war destroyed the infrastructure and security needed for the market. USAID has worked to rebuild the sector, providing stability as well as jobs.
USAID: Natural Resource Management in Casamance Illegal loggers took advantage of the decades-long war in Casamance to harvest trees from protected areas near border areas. USAID has worked with local communities to develop awareness of the value of the forest to help protect the endangered areas.
USAID: Cross Border Reconciliation in Casamance The conflict in Casamance lasted for decades, breaking relations between groups divided by colonial borders. USAID has worked to bridge these divides through economic and cultural projects, bringing communities back together.
CNN: News Package West Africa Fatou Jallow, winner of Gambia's top beauty pageant, accuses ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, of rape.
National Geographic: Double Jeopardy - Endangered Saiga The critically endangered saiga antelope, plagued by disease and prized for their horns, are at the center of conservation efforts in Central Asia. Today, there are only around 225,000 saiga in Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. In 2015, a mysterious disease caused a mass die off in central Kazakhstan where 220,000 saiga died over a few weeks, exterminating around 62 percent of the world population. Although the antelope survived, they are still threatened by poaching. In the race to save the remaining population, conservationists and anti-poaching rangers joined efforts in the Irgiz-Turgay Reserve to study the saigas' health and patrol the area from the illegal wildlife trade.