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© 2019 Maya Shwayder. Graceful as a penguin out of water.

 

Experience

November 2016 - October 2019

Berlin, Germany

Washington, DC

Jerusalem

Deutsche Welle/DW News, On-Air Anchor and Correspondent 

                                                                              

  • In Berlin: Coverage of world political news, incl. the failure and resuscitation of the German gov’t coalition talks, Robert Mugabe’s fall from power in Zimbabwe, US gov’t shutdown, and the Mueller investigation.

  • In DC: On-air and online reporting on the Trump administration, incl. coverage of the violence around Trump’s inauguration, Charlottesville, the Comey hearing, the heroin epidemic, the “Muslim ban,” the 2018 midterm elections, and more.

  • In Jerusalem: Dispatched on assignment to cover the aftermath of Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, as well as the opening of the embassy.

May 2015 - September 2016

 

Bonn and Berlin, Germany

 Brussels, Belgium

Deutsche Welle, Volontärin (Apprentice)

                                            

  • Bilingual (German-English) international program for journalists with training modules in anchoring and TV reporting, script writing for TV and radio, multimedia and mobile reporting, photography, investigative techniques, and hands-on experience.

March 2016 - July 2016

 

Berlin, Germany

Brightwire, Business Reporter

  • Reported, translated and aggregated local and national German businesses news for US-based business newswire.

February 2015 - May 2015

 

New York, NY

Facebook, Trending Team

                                                                                                              

  • Utilized editorial judgment to curate content of the “Trending Stories” box on the home pages of millions of Facebook users.

August 2013 - May 2015


New York, NY

The Jerusalem Post, United Nations and New York Correspondent                                   

  • Coverage at UN included breaking news of Israel, Palestinian territories, Syria and Iran at the UN, Israeli Mission activities.

  • Coverage of New York included Jewish world events, breaking news, and features on Jewish life in America.

November 2013 - May 2015

 

New York, NY

Variety, New York Correspondent                                                                                              

  • Event coverage of major movie premieres and other entertainment industry-related functions.

  • Conducted interviews with major actors, Hollywood producers, and studio executives about their latest projects.

Awards

 

National Winner in Editorial Writing: Harvard Crimson, “Just Ignore Them,”

 

Books

Berlinica Publishing

 

Released Dec. 2019

“A Place They Called Home”: A book of essays recounting the experiences of Holocaust survivors and their descendants who have all reclaimed German citizenship, and what living in Germany as a Jew means today.

 

Education

Harvard University

BA 2010-2011

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, secondary concentration in in Italian Language and Literature

Training in business reporting, investigations, multimedia, and beat reporting. Master's thesis published in "The Atlantic" on the lack of resources available for LGBT+ survivors of domestic abuse.

 

Fellowships

  • Four week placement in Bosnia and Herzegovina sponsored by the Goethe Institut.

  • Reported on the state of media freedom 20 years post-war, and the Jewish and LGBT communities in a Muslim European country.

  • Included solo road trip around the country to Banja Luka, Tuzla, Srebrenica, Mostar, and Medjugorje.

  • Sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, this nine-week exchange program between the US, Canada and Germany gives young journalists an opportunity to live and work in each other's countries.

  • Placed at Die Welt in Berlin. Coverage included Germany’s changing relationship with Russia, the US, and the Middle East, and 25th anniversary of Berlin wall fall.

  • Five-week reporting fellowship around the Holy Land, including seminars on history and the modern political situation at Hebrew University.

  • Reported on local issues in Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, and elsewhere in the West Bank,.

Skills

 

Dual U.S. – German citizen, proficient in Italian and German, basic French and Spanish.

Multimedia, Computer Skills: Trained VJ, social media, Photoshop, Avid, FinalCut 7 and X. Working knowledge of HTML.

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