No, I’m not that Michael J. Jordan.

I’m an American freelance foreign correspondent and journalism teacher-trainer now based in the “Mountain Kingdom” of Maseru, Lesotho. Over the past 18 years, I’ve reported from 25 countries for the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, Global Policy, Harvard’s Nieman Reports and many others.

Most of my reporting has focused on post-Communist Eastern Europe — first from my base in Budapest, Hungary; then from Brooklyn, New York; and most recently, until September 2011, from Bratislava, Slovakia. My reporting interests now extend to China and southern Africa.

As a journalism teacher, I’m a three-time Visiting Scholar in Hong Kong Baptist University’s International Journalism program. I’ve been adjunct faculty in three other countries: the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia; Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic; and Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. As a trainer, for five years I’ve led hundreds of participants through the Transitions Online Foreign Correspondence Training Course’s reporting project, in Prague, the Czech capital.

For my blogging from Central Europe and Hong Kong, please visit my other website, From East to East.


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