The Bureau for International Reporting (BIR)

The Bureau for International Reporting (BIR) We are a non-profit video news organization dedicated to offering coverage of overlooked international stories to the American public.
We are a non-profit video news organization dedicated to offering coverage of overlooked international news stories to the American public.

Our story on the epidemic of land grabs in Cambodia: 10% of the population of the capital city and 5% of the nation over...
06/03/2017
As Cambodia’s economy grows, low-income residents left behind

Our story on the epidemic of land grabs in Cambodia: 10% of the population of the capital city and 5% of the nation overall are thought to be victims of forced evictions from their homes and farmland. Citizens are now speaking up and, as elections loom, the government begins to negotiate some settlements.

Cambodia's economy is one of the fastest-growing in the world, with a booming manufacturing industry and steady agricultural exports. But a burgeoning real estate market is causing displacement among farmers and low-income Cambodians, as the government grants large swaths of territory to companies f...

Interested in US immigration policy and how it plays out abroad? Tune in to PBS NewsHour tonight (Sunday) to see our pro...
05/07/2017

Interested in US immigration policy and how it plays out abroad? Tune in to PBS NewsHour tonight (Sunday) to see our profile of Cambodians who were once legal US residents, granted refugee asylum as children, but found themselves deported "back" to a country some were not even born in. Now they are fighting back -- from the Cambodian side.

Congratulations to our former GlobalBeat student participant, Veda Shastri, on her shared byline on today's NY Times deb...
11/01/2016
Introducing The Daily 360 From The New York Times

Congratulations to our former GlobalBeat student participant, Veda Shastri, on her shared byline on today's NY Times debut of their new Daily 360 feature!

We’ve launched a series of immersive 360-degree videos that let you experience Times journalism in a powerful new way.

Thrilled to be able to help bring coverage of Myanmar back to American television, this time by producing an exclusive i...
09/24/2016

Thrilled to be able to help bring coverage of Myanmar back to American television, this time by producing an exclusive interview with Aung San Suu Kyi by Fareed Zakaria of CNN and featuring BIR video from over the years. Tune in to GPS on CNN this Sunday.

Curious about Ukraine’s new Anti-corruption Bureau that revealed the Manafort cash payments? We profiled them in our Apr...
08/16/2016
Two years into new regime, grim realities persist in Ukraine

Curious about Ukraine’s new Anti-corruption Bureau that revealed the Manafort cash payments? We profiled them in our April report on Ukraine’s nascent reforms:

Ukraine has faced many challenges in the two years since violent protests drove the country’s president from office. The Russian occupation of the Crimean Peninsula in particular sparked a military conflict between pro-Russian secessionists and Ukraine’s government. Correspondent Kira Kay and Produc...

On tonight, starting on the east coast at 6pm....
04/24/2016
PBS NewsHour

On tonight, starting on the east coast at 6pm....

"Even today there are Russian troops on the ground leading separatist forces that are doing everything they can to defeat the new Ukraine." - Geoffrey Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

Our 2015 end-of-year newsletter is out! eepurl.com/bLlCVr
12/30/2015

Our 2015 end-of-year newsletter is out!
eepurl.com/bLlCVr

And our website extra that deserves its own look: a profile of former political prisoner and free speech activist Nay Ph...
10/12/2015
Social media, Internet use soars in Myanmar as historic election nears

And our website extra that deserves its own look: a profile of former political prisoner and free speech activist Nay Phone Latt, now a first-time candidate for regional parliament.

Myanmar's national parliamentary election next month will bring many firsts to the Southeast Asian country. Fifty-one million residents of the nation are expected to participate. The elections represent a step forward for free speech in the country, as more people embrace social media.

On the eve of pivotal elections, our look at how Burma/Myanmar's transition to democracy has been going since our first ...
10/12/2015
Inside Myanmar's charge for change toward democracy

On the eve of pivotal elections, our look at how Burma/Myanmar's transition to democracy has been going since our first visit in 2012.

After decades of military dictatorship, Myanmar will soon hold a nationwide election for all the seats in parliament not reserved for the military. Leading the charge for democratic change there is world-famous activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Special Correspondent Kira Kay has this report from the ground…

Lovely video and accompanying article by our NYU journalism students, produced in Morocco on our spring reporting trip! ...
07/29/2015
In Morocco, Muslims and Jews study side-by-side but for how long?

Lovely video and accompanying article by our NYU journalism students, produced in Morocco on our spring reporting trip! (The trip that keeps on giving!)

For many people, Judaism in the Middle East conjures images of discord. But the Islamic nation of Morocco is an exception -- it’s a place where Jews are embraced. So why are they leaving?

Very pleased to announce that our report from last year on Senegal's Koranic child beggars has been nominated for a nati...
07/22/2015
Thousands of Senegalese boys forced into begging system

Very pleased to announce that our report from last year on Senegal's Koranic child beggars has been nominated for a national Emmy award. This story was a collaboration with NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (especially the Global and Joint Program Studies and News & Documentary Programs) and was supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Watch it again here:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/senegal-thousands-young-boys-forced-begging-system-koranic-study/

In Senegal, at least 50,000 young boys studying the Koran beg for food and money to pay their master, and some suffer brutal punishment when they fail to make their quota.

Strict adoption rules in Morocco leave orphans without hope
05/28/2015
Strict adoption rules in Morocco leave orphans without hope

Strict adoption rules in Morocco leave orphans without hope

Orphanages in Morocco face a unique challenge in trying to find permanent homes for children in their care. A recent law has made it nearly impossible for many would-be parents, especially under the Islamist government. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports as part of a partnership with the Bureau…

Our second story from Morocco will air tonight on PBS NewsHour; it looks at the country's system of Islamic adoption, ca...
05/27/2015

Our second story from Morocco will air tonight on PBS NewsHour; it looks at the country's system of Islamic adoption, called Kafala, and the unintended consequences of a government edict -- for the country's orphans and the foreign families who wanted them.

Morocco trains female spiritual guides to fight extremism
05/21/2015
Morocco trains female spiritual guides to fight extremism

Morocco trains female spiritual guides to fight extremism

In Morocco, a school that trains imams to lead prayers in the country's many mosques is at the center of a government program to provide "spiritual security." Here, female students are studying to become spiritual guides, on a mission to combat extremist thought and raise women's status in Moroccan…

Our Morocco material is rolling out -- first up, this online video by our students on efforts to train North African ima...
05/20/2015
More -- not less -- religion needed to fight extremism, imam director says

Our Morocco material is rolling out -- first up, this online video by our students on efforts to train North African imams to counter extremism. Our broadcast piece, on the innovative use of female religious guides, will air tonight on PBS NewsHour. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/extremism-fight/

The North African country of Morocco has a series of religious training programs aimed at countering Islamic radicalism. Now, it is working to expand these programs to regional and even global levels.

Mourning the loss and celebrating the life of John Siceloff, our friend and mentor. John gave the BIR its first commissi...
03/09/2015
Your America: Democracy's Local Heroes

Mourning the loss and celebrating the life of John Siceloff, our friend and mentor. John gave the BIR its first commission back in 2002, from Indonesia. Haiti, India, Congo -- all got coverage on PBS because of John's dedication to this earth and the people who live on it. We should all strive to continue his mission of public service; for inspiration we suggest his book, profiles of Americans seeking to make a difference in their communities, sometimes at great risk and sacrifice:

Approaching the topic of civic activism on both a national and local level, Your America reveals essential lessons from twelve stories of ordinary citizens accomplishing extraordinary changes in their communities. Like Bill Graham, mayor of tiny Scottsburg, Indiana, who took on the telecommu...

Fascinating update on Cambodia from our longtime NewsHour foreign editor:
02/14/2015
Past and present collide in Cambodia

Fascinating update on Cambodia from our longtime NewsHour foreign editor:

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- In recent weeks, from Israel to Europe to the United States, civic and religious leaders and a cluster of survivors, have commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day and this year the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps. Thousands of miles away, in the Southeas…

12/25/2014

Don't forget our story on the split in Ukraine's Orthodox church, tonight on NewsHour. Within which we answer the question: Does the Kyiv Patriarch wear a tall hat?

12/24/2014

Looking for post-meal TV viewing? It's a BIR double bill: tonight (Wednesday) a re-run of our story on Aceh's impressive rebuilding post-tsunami. Then Thursday, our story on the political split in Ukraine's Orthodox church. All on PBS NewsHour. Digest and enjoy!

Our story on Aceh's tsunami recovery, from last night's PBS NewsHour:
11/07/2014
Swept Away by Tsunami, Indonesian Province Makes Remarkable Recovery

Our story on Aceh's tsunami recovery, from last night's PBS NewsHour:

The 2004 quake and tsunami reshaped life in the Aceh region of Indonesia -- in some ways for the better. The outpouring of international aid helped residents rebuild their community stronger than before the disaster. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports on the disaster’s unintended benefits and th…

Aceh's fantastic tsunami museum is packed on weekends -- with locals. Just one of the interesting scenes we witnessed on...
11/06/2014

Aceh's fantastic tsunami museum is packed on weekends -- with locals. Just one of the interesting scenes we witnessed on our recent trip there, 10 years on from the disaster. See our report on PBS NewsHour, scheduled for Thursday night.

09/21/2014
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And thanks to the folks at the Traverse City International Affairs Forum for hosting a sell-out event!
https://www.facebook.com/IAFTraverseCity?fref=ts

In Traverse City, Michigan, Kira Kay treated 400 International Affairs Forum supporters to a superb presentation on the work of the BIR. She also spent two hours with future journalists, Film-makers and reporters at the Interlochen Arts Academy describing the craft and the art of news journalism around the world.

Indonesian province turns up Sharia law after devastating tsunami
08/21/2014
Indonesian province turns up Sharia law after devastating tsunami

Indonesian province turns up Sharia law after devastating tsunami

Islamic Sharia law was fairly dormant in the Indonesian province of Aceh until a massive earthquake and tsunami struck in 2004, killing more than 130,000. But as residents rebuild, Sharia officers have strengthened their grip, threatening rights of religious minorities and women. Special corresponde…

Our second story from Indonesia, a surprising look at the implementation of Sharia in Aceh province, airing on NewsHour ...
08/19/2014

Our second story from Indonesia, a surprising look at the implementation of Sharia in Aceh province, airing on NewsHour shortly... tune in if you're home!

Our Indonesia election story from tonight:
07/09/2014
Polarizing candidates vie for presidency in Indonesia

Our Indonesia election story from tonight:

As the world’s largest muslim country, Indonesia stands out for its transition from past dictatorship to vibrant political openness. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports from Indonesia on the rival candidates who running for the presidency: a relative newcomer to politics who rose from the ranks o…

On the campaign trail during Indonesia's pivotal 2014 presidential elections.
07/07/2014

On the campaign trail during Indonesia's pivotal 2014 presidential elections.

Our Indonesia Elections story is airing on PBS NewsHour tomorrow night - Tuesday! How could you not watch with such love...
07/07/2014

Our Indonesia Elections story is airing on PBS NewsHour tomorrow night - Tuesday! How could you not watch with such lovely campaign volunteers?

Went to check in on the village of Lampuuk, Aceh totally wiped out by the tsunami (remember that famous photo of the mos...
06/27/2014

Went to check in on the village of Lampuuk, Aceh totally wiped out by the tsunami (remember that famous photo of the mosque standing alone in a field of devastation?). Most of the survivors have returned and our visit coincided with the village feast blessing the upcoming rice harvest -- stew for all, including us!

For those of you who missed it last week, or didn't see our earlier posts, our Senegal forced begging story:
05/08/2014
Thousands of Senegalese boys forced into begging system

For those of you who missed it last week, or didn't see our earlier posts, our Senegal forced begging story:

In Senegal, at least 50,000 young boys studying the Koran beg for food and money to pay their master, and some suffer brutal punishment when they fail to make their quota.

Our forced begging story from last night, a serious human rights abuse in an otherwise "rising" country.
05/03/2014
Thousands of Senegalese boys forced into begging system

Our forced begging story from last night, a serious human rights abuse in an otherwise "rising" country.

In Senegal, at least 50,000 young boys studying the Koran beg for food and money to pay their master, and some suffer brutal punishment when they fail to make their quota.

05/02/2014

Thrilled to announce the television debut of Globalbeat, the project we have been developing with NYU, PBS NewsHour and the BIR. In March, we traveled with 6 terrific graduate students to Senegal to report on the issue of forced child begging -- both the problem and solutions. Our main report is scheduled to air tonight on PBS NewsHour with a second story to be placed on the program's website. Please tune in and spread the word!

Former IRA militant Gerry Adams has been arrested for questioning in a 1972 murder, based at least in part on content he...
05/01/2014
U.S. and U.K. Entangled in Legal Battle to Release Former IRA Militants' Stories | PBS NewsHour

Former IRA militant Gerry Adams has been arrested for questioning in a 1972 murder, based at least in part on content held in Boston College's archives. See our fascinating story on the secret tapes project and the murder at the heart of this arrest:

Boston College acted as a safeguard for the oral histories of former Northern Irish militants. Participants were promised their stories would remain private until their deaths. But new clues in an unsolved murder in Ireland triggered the U.S. Department of Justice to subpoena the tapes. Special corr…

We second (and third) this perspective :)
05/01/2014
Facebook Is Throttling Nonprofits and Activists

We second (and third) this perspective :)

So far coverage of Facebook's plan to squeeze the organic reach of Pages has focused on its impact on "brands" that spam us with ads and promotions. But nonprofits, activists, and advocacy groups with much fewer resources (and no ad budgets) are also being hugely affected. It's starting to look like…

The BIR and NYU student journalists, meeting with Ambassador Lewis Lukens in Senegal during our week-long reporting trip...
03/27/2014

The BIR and NYU student journalists, meeting with Ambassador Lewis Lukens in Senegal during our week-long reporting trip to the country. A terrific visit!

Sending new year's wishes and thanks for all your support of our work! If you missed our end of year newsletter, here's ...
12/30/2013
BIR's Winter 2013 Newsletter

Sending new year's wishes and thanks for all your support of our work! If you missed our end of year newsletter, here's another chance to read it -- see you in 2014!

The BIR's year-end newsletter is out! Read it here (and if you like it, subscribe for future editions!):
12/13/2013
BIR's Winter 2013 Newsletter

The BIR's year-end newsletter is out! Read it here (and if you like it, subscribe for future editions!):

New Yorkers: join us November 21st, as we wrap up our Fault Lines of Faith series with a "best-of" screening of our repo...
11/05/2013
Foreign Policy Association

New Yorkers: join us November 21st, as we wrap up our Fault Lines of Faith series with a "best-of" screening of our reports from Burma, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. I have a few free tickets, contact us if interested:

For the past two years, the long-repressed country of Myanmar has been undergoing a fragile transition to more democratic practices. But with freer speech and assembly have come new tensions between the majority Buddhists in the country and minority Muslim populations. More than half the country's p...

If you're in the Columbus, Ohio area, join Kira on November 13th for her presentation on our reporting from Burma, Bosni...
10/30/2013
Emmy Award-Winning News Documentary Filmmaker to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan University

If you're in the Columbus, Ohio area, join Kira on November 13th for her presentation on our reporting from Burma, Bosnia and Northern Ireland as this year's Corinne Lyman Lecturer on International Studies:

DELAWARE, Ohio – Kira Kay, an Emmy Award-winning news documentary filmmaker, will discuss “Fault Lines of Faith: Reporting from the ‘New’ Burma and

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