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Charles Sennott

Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief, GroundTruth Project

Biography

Charles M. Sennott is the Founder and Executive Director of The GroundTruth Project. An award-winning foreign correspondent, author, editor and entrepreneur, Sennott has reported on the front lines of wars and insurgencies in at least 15 countries, including the 2011 revolution in Cairo and the Arab Spring.

Sennott’s deep experience reporting internationally led him to launch The GroundTruth Project in 2014 and to dedicate himself to training the next generation of international journalists. GroundTruth is a non-profit based at the PBS flagship, WGBH in Boston. Sennott is also the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of GlobalPost, an award-winning news website which merged with Public Radio International’s The World in 2015. Sennott recently completed the one-year Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Sennott was named a leading social entrepreneur by Draper Richards Kaplan (DRK), a Menlo Park-based venture philanthropy firm, which has added GroundTruth to its investment portfolio.

GroundTruth has also been recognized for its excellence with an Edward R Murrow Award, and a dupont-Columbia Award for its reporting in Afghanistan and the Online News Association award for investigative reporting for an ICIJ series on the World Bank. Sennott also served as a correspondent for PBS FRONTLINE on two documentaries on Egypt and the Arab Spring, one of which received an Emmy.

Before joining GlobalPost, Sennott was a longtime foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe. He served as the 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 is the author of two books, "The Body and The Blood" and "Broken Covenant," and a co-author of two others. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
and of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He lives with his wife and four sons in Harvard, Massachusetts.