KOSOVO Part 1 : Parked Dreams

KOSOVO Part 1 : Parked Dreams

"Panem et Circenses"

Last year the International Olympic Committee accepted Kosovo as a member and at Rio 2016 the tiny nation of less than 2 million will very likely receive at least one gold medal. Over time the perceived meritocracy of sports and entertainment will provide ample parts distraction and discipline for those seeking the glory of gold or sponsorship.

Could athletes be a solution for Kosovo?  With such an adolescent population the timing is tight, both as competitors and spectators.  

Sports leads to nationalism, infrastructure, sponsorship and international recognition, it may be that nation building may be founded on the backs of athletics and wifi. 

I came, I saw, I Oscared

 

Live editing red carpet arrivals from a truck on the backlot and of course then it starts pouring rain just as it all begins.

Things went so smoothly on the tech side that I nearly proposed to my amazing team of engineers who were working non stop to hold the project (and me) together for over 72 hours. Incredibly grateful to work with such kind and professional folks. Thank goodness this event is only once a year.


Beatz Blog X DivaGigi - A Tokyo KAGURAZAKA collaboration

Beatz Blog X DivaGigi - A Tokyo KAGURAZAKA collaboration

Tokyo is a huge city - I’m the daughter of a Tokyo local so the first time I visited here I was just 6 months old.  Between now and then if we add up the days, months and years it has been over 15 years in total that I have been in Japan.  And yet despite the decade and a half under my belt the sprawling city has many cultural gems I have yet to explore.  

When J Club TV personality Gigi suggested using Kagurazaka as the backdrop to the DJ Mo Beatz ‘Day in Japan’ episode for his ‘Beatz Blog’ Vlog series I was excited to have the opportunity to explore the area.  

Smushed in between Iidabashi and Ichigaya the ‘Tokyo French quarter’ is one of the few areas where geisha sightings are fairly common place in the nation's capital.  

3 Year Anniversary - Video Journalism

3 Year Anniversary - Video Journalism

It is about to be 3 years since I first started at Reuters as a video journalist.

I had never even picked up a camera before they hired me and now I have filmed in three different countries. My material has been used on national TV programs and online news updates around the world. I have interviewed A-list celebrities, world leaders and the everyday Japanese salaryman.