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Charles Sennott

Founder and CEO, GroundTruth Project


Charles Sennott is the Founder, CEO and Editor of The GroundTruth Project, a non-profit news organization that supports a new generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of their generation in under-covered corners of the world. GroundTruth's newest initiative is Report for America, which is placing emerging journalists in host newsrooms in news deserts across the United States in partnership with the Knight Foundation and Google News Lab.

An entrepreneur and thought leader in new media, Sennott also has a long history in traditional journalism as an award-winning foreign correspondent, author and editor with 30 years of experience in newspapers and public radio. Sennott has reported on the front lines of wars and insurgencies in at least 15 countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq where he headed up both bureaus for The Boston Globe. During the 2011 revolution in Cairo and the Arab Spring, he served as a correspondent for PBS FRONTLINE and the NewsHour. Sennott’s deep experience reporting internationally led him to launch The GroundTruth Project and to dedicate himself to training the next generation of international journalists for the digital age. Sennott is also the co-founder of GlobalPost, an acclaimed international news website. Previously, Sennott served as the Boston Globe’s Middle East Bureau Chief based in Jerusalem from 1997 to 2001 and as Europe Bureau Chief based in London from 2001 to 2005. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2006 and has an MS from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He lives outside of Boston with his wife and four boys.

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Central and Southern Asia, North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Middle East and North Africa