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Founder Latitude News™
Maria Balinska is Latitude News™, an interactive website that aims to push American journalism in a direction that will encourage American audiences to pay attention to communities abroad without a disaster story. She is an award-winning American journalist with over ten years’ experience in senior management at the British Broadcasting Corporation in London. As Editor, World Current Affairs Radio she led the team producing specialist international content designed to complement the daily news agenda and attract new audiences to international affairs. During her tenure as editor, Balinska launched and executive produced nine new programs for the BBC including Crossing Continents, ‘“one of the BBC’s most reliable current affairs programs” (the Guardian) and, most recently, BBC Radio’s weekly magazine show about the United States, Americana.
A graduate of Princeton University, the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Maria is also the author of The Bagel: the surprising history of a modest bread, a book described by Slate as “lively and well researched” and by the New York Times as “scrumptious”.