Caroline Drees

Caroline Drees is the Senior Director for Field Safety and Security at National Public Radio, based in Washington. She has worked in journalism for almost 30 years in a wide range of roles from reporter to manager and executive across the Middle East, Afghanistan/Pakistan, in Europe and the United States. Before moving to Washington in 2013, Caroline was Reuters’ managing editor and then general manager for the Middle East and Africa, including during the Arab Spring. Other assignments have included serving as Reuters’ Middle East Editor, Bureau Chief for Egypt, and running a UNDP/Reuters Foundation project to set up Iraq's first independent news agency. A native speaker of English and German, Caroline also speaks Arabic and French. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s from the London School of Economics. In her free time, Caroline enjoys spoiling her two dogs and trying to coax herbs and tomatoes from her backyard vegetable patch. “Being a journalist and trying to keep journalists safe has been a key part of my life. As the journalism world becomes increasingly diverse, and the risks journalists face continue to expand and change, our security awareness and approaches must evolve too. I am excited to be part of this IWMF fellowship which seeks to address those needs by training a new generation of diverse and inclusive security trainers and advisers.”

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