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Paydesk has 187 journalists in Washington. Our journalists can do broadcast reports, as well as printed media and photography.

Our top journalists in Washington are Danielle Stescki and David Smith.

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Journalists in Washington



Danielle Stescki

Washington, United States of America
Award-winning producer with strong skills in social media, videography and non-linear editing. Experience in studio and field productions.

Over 7 years of experience as producer, writer, videographer, non-linear editor and director.
Familiar with web development.
Languages
English Portuguese
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+5
Skills
Social Fact Checking Business
+3

David Smith

Washington, United States of America
David Smith has been Washington correspondent of The Guardian since October 2015, reporting on the presidential election campaigns of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and other candidates. He has travelled to the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and reports from the White House and State Read moreDepartment in Washington.

He was previously Africa correspondent, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he wrote about the 2010 football World Cup, death of Nelson Mandela and murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. He travelled to countries including the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

David studied at the University of Leeds and edited its student newspaper before joining the Daily Express as a graduate trainee in 1997. He moved to The Observer in 2003 and reported from countries including Afghanistan and Iraq.

David appears as a commentator on NPR, the BBC, CNN, Sky News and other media and has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. In 2014 he was runner-up in the UK's Frontline Club Awards and shortlisted for the Society of Editors foreign reporter of the year, and has been longlisted twice for the One World Media Awards and twice for the Orwell Prize for political writing.
Languages
English
Services
Interview (Print / Radio / Podcast) Fact Checking
Skills
Current Affairs Science & Environment Business
+6

Quan Le

Washington, United States of America
Quan Le is a seasoned journalist and pro-democracy lawyer with a base in Hanoi, Vietnam, and currently operating from Washington DC. His extensive experience includes writing for prominent media outlets such as BBC Vietnamese and VOA Tieng Viet, where he has honed his expertise in analyzing the Read moreVietnamese legal system and political environment. Le's articles are known for their critical examination of the discrepancies between legislation and its enforcement, with a particular focus on civil rights and freedom of speech issues.

In his journalistic work, Le has tackled complex subjects ranging from Vietnam's economic policies and legal trials to constitutional amendments. He has provided in-depth coverage of significant cases, such as that of teacher Lê Thị Dung, highlighting the potential for misuse of the legal system, and the trial of Bùi Tuấn Lâm, a Catholic activist, where he questioned the balance between state security and individual rights. His economic commentary extends to Vietnam's GDP growth, foreign investment, and the implications of large mergers and acquisitions on national assets, advocating for financial transparency and cautioning against the culture of extravagance among officials.

Beyond journalism, Le has applied his legal acumen as an independent legal consultant for various developmental projects in Vietnam, which has further enriched his understanding of Vietnamese society. His commitment to democratic development and social justice is evident in his advocacy for a constitution that genuinely reflects the will of the people and a legal system that steadfastly upholds human rights and freedom of expression.
Languages
Vietnamese
Services
Risk Analysis Fact Checking
Skills
Politics

Farogat Armstead

Washington, United States of America
Farogat Armstead is a video journalist based in Washington, United States of America. Farogat worked as a broadcasting journalist for Voice of America, Uzbek Service. As a reporter, multimedia editor she has covered Central Asia and the U.S. 

She began her career at Uzbekistan’s state Read morebroadcasting company in Tashkent. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and musicology from the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan. 

As of now Farogat is extending her career path into to Cyber Information Security.
Languages
English Uzbek
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+9
Skills
Business Film & Theatre Music
+14

Rene Lake

Washington, United States of America
Rene Lake is a veteran journalist, editorialist, analyst, expert on US domestic affairs, International and African affairs based in Washington, United States of America.
Languages
English French
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop
+7
Skills
Current Affairs Politics Social
+9

Yun Sun

Washington, United States of America
Yun Sun is a think tank scholar.
Languages
English
Services
360 Videography
Skills
Research

Letera Amente

Washington, United States of America
Letera Amente is a journalist based in Washington, United States of America.
Languages
Amharic English Oromo
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Drone Footage
+2
Skills
Fact Checking

Ahmad Asaad

Washington, United States of America
Ahmad Asaad is a cinematographer based in the Washington DC area and available globally. He has worked in the documentary space as a cinematographer with AJ+ for 5 years and now works as a freelancer.

He also shoots commercial and narrative projects, so the collective experience allows him to Read moreapproach documentary settings with a cinematic lens.
Languages
English
Services
Interview
Skills
Natural Disasters Food & Drink Climate Change
+12

Diing Magot

Washington, United States of America
Diing Magot is a dedicated journalist with a passion for feature stories, current news, and health-related reporting. With a keen eye for detail and a talent for content creation, Magot excels in interviewing and gathering information, adeptly transcribing stories from Arabic to English to reach a Read morebroader audience. Her work has significantly highlighted issues in Sudan and South Sudan, focusing on human rights, freedom of expression, public health, and environmental conservation.

Throughout her career, Magot has provided in-depth coverage of the life and political career of Alfred Taban, a notable journalist and politician known for his media freedom advocacy and opposition to the government in Khartoum. She has also critically reported on the humanitarian crisis in the Abyei region, where a massacre claimed over 30 lives, and has scrutinized the UN peacekeeping forces for their failure to protect civilians. Her investigative journalism has further revealed the challenges faced by South Sudan's prison authorities in managing COVID-19 risks within overcrowded and unsanitary detention facilities, and the struggles of Juba residents in accessing clean water amidst increased fuel prices during the pandemic.

Magot Chol's contributions to environmental journalism are evident through her involvement in the #EverydayNile project, which highlighted photojournalists' work documenting water stories around the Nile River. She has also delved into the prevalence of wildlife crimes in South Sudan, underscoring the country's struggle to enforce its Wildlife Act and the complicity of military and security officials in poaching activities. Magot Chol's reporting has been instrumental in raising awareness and fostering understanding of the complex issues facing the Nile Basin region, solidifying her reputation as a journalist committed to truth and impactful storytelling.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/diing-magot-452aa4b6/
https://diingm.blogspot.com/
Languages
Swahili
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop
+8
Skills
Health & Fitness Fact Checking Business
+8

Jianli Yang

Washington, United States of America
Dr. Jianli (Doc) Yang, a world renown human rights activist and scholar, is a major architect and leader for China’s democracy. He was a Tiananmen student leader and a political prisoner of China (2002-2007). Dr. Yang helped found and lead several important organizations including Citizen Power Read moreInitiatives for China and Foundation for China in the 21st Century. He has created and organized annual Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conferences for 23 years and published the online publication Yibao since 2001. He co-authored a Democratic Constitution for China (1993) and co-Chaired The Geneva Internet Freedom Declaration (2010). A recipient of multiple international awards including Harvard Alumni Achievement Award, UN Watch Human Rights Award and Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom, Dr. Yang represented Liu Xiaobo at the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony. Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Political Economy from Harvard University. He is a frequent public speaker on various world forums and contributor to various international magazines on topics ranging from human rights in China, China’s democratization, China’s politics, ethnic relations in the PRC, cross-strait relations, and on US China policies. He is author of For Us, The Living: A Journey to Shine the Light on Truth and It’s Time for a Values-Based “Economic NATO”.
Languages
English Chinese (Mandarin)
Services
Content Writing Research Fact Checking
Skills
Social Research Politics
+2

Javid Akbari

Washington, United States of America
I'm Javid Akbari, a graphic designer with expertise in a range of Adobe software, including Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, and Autodesk 3ds Max. My journey in this field began with a two-year internship, where I gained valuable experience and honed my skills.
In 2016, I took Read moreon the role of a motion graphic designer at the Zahratrust Organization, a position I held until 2023. My true passion lies in the world of graphic design, and I'm dedicated to creating visually stunning and impactful designs.

Hedayatullah Noori

Washington, United States of America
My name is Hedayatullah Noori, a reporter, cameraman, video editor, and technician, cameraman and reporter for 13 years for Voice of America in Kabul. I have resettled in Silver Spring, Maryland.

 I am authorized to work in the United States. I am very interested in finding a job that will allow Read moreme to use my skills here in the U.S. and to support my family.
I studied electrical engineering and computer science in Afghanistan, but due to my interest in the press, I started working in the media in 2003 for an Afghan newspaper, Hewad, and then for Afghan National Radio and Television as a reporter and cameraman.  In 2008, I began working for Voice of America  and did so in several capacities.
	In addition to working as a  reporter and camera operator, I also have experience in video editing.  You can see samples of my work at the links . For each of them, I prepared the script, shot the videos, and did post-production editing myself.  I am very flexible and eager to learn. I am a hard worker and I would very much appreciate an opportunity to speak with you about potential employment.
Languages
English Persian (Farsi) Pashto
+2
Services
Interview (Video / Broadcast)
Skills
Breaking News

Meiying Wu

Washington, United States of America
Meiying is a D.C.-based freelance multimedia journalist fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien. She aims to amplify marginalized voices and produce stories about communities often hidden from the mainstream news narrative.

Most recently, Meiying worked as a video producer at POLITICO,Read more where she created the POLITICO Show on Snapchat and made visual content for a variety of social platforms. She previously interned with the Los Angeles Times’s video department, covered the Covid-19 pandemic in California for The New York Times and UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program, and had a film fellowship with CNN’s Great Big Story. 

She has produced work for PBS NewsHour, San Francisco Chronicle and Idaho Statesman. Meiying graduated from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Missouri School of Journalism.
Languages
English Chinese (Cantonese) Chinese (Mandarin)
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+8
Skills
Investigative Reporting Fact Checking Social
+7

Babak Alipour

Washington, United States of America
Babak Alipour is a journalist based in Washington, United States of America.
Photographer, Videographer, Video Editor, Motion Graphic Artist, Producer, Line Producer, Director, Technical Director, Assistant Director, Field Producer, Audio Technician, Lighting (Gaffer), Coordinator, Tele Prompter Read moreOperator, Lower third operator, Studio Technician, TriCaster, LED Wall Operator, LIVE Broadcaster, LIVE Operator, Setting up SETs for Sit Down Interviews, Production assistant, etc.
Languages
Persian (Farsi)
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+10
Skills
Science & Environment Breaking News Technology
+13

Amin El Siwi

Washington, United States of America
Amin El Siwi is an Egyptian filmmaker based in Washington DC.
Languages
Arabic English
Services
Documentaries Photography Video Rushes
+1
Skills
Film & Theatre Fact Checking

Maria Lopez

Washington, United States of America
Maria Lopez is a journalist based in Washington, United States of America.
She has experience in radio, newspapers, social media, production and more.
As an independent journalist, I handle the entire process: selecting the topic, finding interviewees, coordinating the interview, conducting it, Read moreand then writing it up or edit videos or record my voice in a home studio. If photos or videos are also required, I have the necessary equipment to handle that as well.
Languages
English Spanish
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Documentaries
+7
Skills
Cultural Politics Social

William Eagle

Washington, United States of America
William Eagle is a journalist and radio script editor based in Washington, United States of America.
Languages
English
Services
Journalism
Skills
Current Affairs

Dan Friedell

Washington, United States of America
Dan Friedell is a journalist based in Washington, DC, United States. Years of experience covering news, sports, popular culture and more for major services such as AP, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Voice of America, USA Today, Major League Baseball Advanced Media.
Languages
English Spanish
Services
Interview (Video / Broadcast) News Gathering Feature Stories
+5
Skills
Fact Checking Arts & Books Entertainment & Celebrity
+4

Mohammadreza (Kourosh) Aladin

Washington, United States of America
Mohammadreza Aladin is a journalist based in Washington D.C., United States of America.
Languages
English Persian (Farsi)
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+7
Skills
Film & Theatre Sports Travel
+4

Obaidullah Baheer

Washington, United States of America
Obaidullah Baheer is a journalist based in Washington, United States of America.

Walid Haddad

Washington, United States of America
Walid Haddad is a journalist based in Washington, United States of America.

Jessica Stone

Washington, United States of America
Jessica Stone is a journalist based in Washington, United States of America.
Languages
English
Services
Live Reporting Fact Checking
Skills
Fact Checking

Nataliya Rostova

Washington, United States of America
Nataliya Rostova is a Russian media scholar and journalist based in America, was a staff writer  covering the media life for Republic.ru/ Slon.ru, Novaya Gazeta, Gazeta.ru. She is a creator and author of two online projects on the history of mass media and journalism in years of groundbreaking Read morechanges in Russia: The Birth of the Russia Media. Gorbachev Epoch (1985-1991), gorbymedia.com, and The Heyday of the Russian Media. Yeltsin Era (1992-1999), yeltsinmedia.com. Earned MA degree at Philip Merrill School of Journalism in UMD (2023) and School of Journalism at Moscow State University (2000). Was awarded the Knight-Wallace Fellowship (Ann Arbor, MI, 2009), Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (Kennan Institute, Washington DC, 2011-2). Was a visiting scholar at the School of Journalism at the University of California Berkeley (Berkeley, 2015).

Fereidoun Farahandouz

Washington, United States of America
Fereidoun Farahandouz is a journalist based in Washington, United States of America.

Rob Garver

Washington, United States of America
Rob Garver is a journalist based in Washington, United States of America.
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