Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's official

So, it's official... as of December 15th, I will be taking over as Managing Editor of, replacing current editor Michael Logan. It's a tremendously exciting opportunity; Somalia Report already boasts the most extensive reporting network within Somalia, and I look forward to working with the over one hundred local journalists who regularly contribute to the site.
It's going to be an insanely hectic month as I prepare to leave Toronto for Nairobi, but I undertake the move with the greatest enthusiasm... aided by the fact that I'll be fleeing the Canadian winter for a city with the world's most perfect climate.

Here's the full press release:

Somalia Report is pleased to announce that Jay Bahadur, a Toronto-based freelance journalist and author, will be taking over as Managing Editor as of December 15th. He will be replacing current editor, Michael Logan, who vacates the position to pursue a career as a full-time novelist.

“Jay brings the reporting discipline, respect for the region and the intense curiosity that will guide us into the next phase of our rapid growth,” said Somalia Report publisher, Mr. Robert Young Pelton, the author of a number of books on conflict including the New York Times bestseller “The World’s Most Dangerous Places." 

In early 2009, Bahadur traveled on his own to Puntland, Somalia, where he spent three months interviewing pirates, government officials, and militiamen. The result, over two years later, was the first comprehensive book on Somali piracy, published in seven countries to date. 

As editor, Bahadur will continue to build and develop Somalia Report’s extensive network of local journalists, with an aim to realizing the website’s potential to be the country’s premiere source for non-partisan and clan-neutral news coverage.

Bahadur will also preside over Somalia Report’s re-launch under a partial subscription model, offering periodic intelligence reports to the diplomatic, NGO, and security communities. At a time when Somalia is falling ever deeper into crisis, the website looks forward to positioning itself at the center of the ongoing policy debate and unbiased reporting from inside Somalia.

Somalia Report is an independent information source on Somalia. Founded in 2010, the over 100 correspondents and western editors offer a clear window into Somalia.

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