Correspondent, Interviewer, Show Host (New York City)
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / FOX Sports, FS1
NTV Broadcasting Company (New York City/ Moscow),
Youth America Grand Prix: Host of ASK THE EXPERT - YAGP's online video interview series (now in its 3rd season)
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism - Master of Science (Broadcast Journalism) New York City, 2012
Southwestern University - Bachelor of Arts (Communication, Cum Laude) Georgetown, TX, 1997
My professional background is in traditional journalism (I graduated from Columbia Journalism School with a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism) – but I also love to report on the human experience. My specialty is cultural journalism and the art of the interview: I truly enjoy interviewing people of all kinds. I find that each person has a fascinating - and an inspiring - story to tell, and I love sharing these stories with my audience.
I love to travel and recently hosted 46 Emmy-winning NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC daily features on Russian culture that aired on Fox Sports and FS1. This coverage was done as part of NatGeo’s partnership with Fox Sports for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. You can see the features here.
I have worked for two years as a News Anchor at NTV America (leading Russian TV channel based in New York and broadcasting nationally in the U.S.). I currently continue to work at NTV America as an interview show host and also freelance as an independent on-air reporter - I have produced stories for Ren-TV (a leading Moscow-based Russian TV channel), Voice of Russia, and other international TV networks.
I am passionate about theater. I am actively involved as an actor in the New York-based "Dialogue" Literary Theater, which produces plays based on Russian literature and the lives of Russia's leading literary figures. I have also acted in various independent productions.
I am passionate about music. I have played jazz piano since I was five, performed for 10 years as a pianist in New York and have composed jazz and electronic music pieces for modern dance.
I am a professional voiceover artist (English, Russian, accents) with over 15+ years of experience.
I am an enthusiastic show host - I have hosted programs at Lincoln Center, NY City Center, Beacon Theater, and Consulates of Russian Federation in NYC and Washington, D.C. I have also hosted the Awards at Youth America Grand Prix international student ballet competitions worldwide for the past 20 years.
Also, I am a professional Russian-English translator. My translations of Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class" and "Ages of the Moon," Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "The Idiot" have been published and produced in Russia and in the U.S.
On-Air Correspondent (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)
April 2017 – July 2018, New-York, NY - RUSSIA
Hosted 46 Emmy-winning daily features for FIFA World Cup & Confederations Cup on FOX Sports, FS1, NatGeo and NatGeo Wild.
Pitched, researched & reported travel features in 14 locations across Russia’s 11 time zones.
Interview Show Host (NTV America)
2012 – present, New-York, NY
Host two interview shows (“Persona Grata,” “Business Club”) on a major NYC-based Russian TV network broadcasting nationally in the U.S.
Pitch interview topics, invite & interview guests, write / edit host copy.
News Anchor and Reporter (NTV America)
August 2012 – May 2014, New York, NY
Anchored three daily newscasts and a 30-min Nightly News show (“Today in America”).
Wrote news, package and anchor copy.
Pitched, researched and reported topics in entertainment, culture, politics and the arts.
Freelance Reporter / Field Producer / Interviewer
2011 - present, New York, NY / internationally
Freelance on-air reporter for Sirius XM Radio.
NY correspondent for NTV and Ren-TV, major Moscow-based Russian TV news networks.
Field producer and on-air host for interviews with Western writers for TV programs produced by AST, Russia’s largest publishing house.
Interviewed artists for various documentary projects.
Program & Show Host / Public Speaking / Voiceover
2003 – present - New York, NY
Hosted 5 episodes of a Russian TV program featuring reunions between long-separated friends and family.
Hosted a variety of live concerts & events, including international student ballet competition at Lincoln Center and other venues worldwide.
Interviewed artists for live “Works & Process” series at The Guggenheim Museum (NYC) .
Worked in the US & abroad as a freelance voiceover artist.
Various public speaking engagements.
2001 – present - New York, NY
Pitched, reported & wrote articles (350 to 5,000 words)
Highlights include 14-page cover story in Dancer magazine, 5-page cover story in The Brasilians (NYC weekly), column in Dance Europe magazine (London, UK), and 3-page spread in Dance Teacher magazine.
Articles also published in The Black Star News (NYC), The Resident (NYC), Modern Drama magazine (Moscow).
Wrote script for “Ballet’s Greatest Hits,” a feature film.
Director of External Affairs, Program Host - YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX
2000 - present - New York, NY
Co-founded Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), world’s largest student ballet competition & international dance network with $4+ million annual budget. Developed and directed global branding and PR campaign in print, digital, broadcast & social media.
CURRENTLY host ASK THE EXPERT interview video series broadcast worldwide.
SG Arts Publicity
1999 – 2005, New York, NY
As an independent publicist, conducted and directed worldwide public relations campaigns, provided brand management and ongoing services to clients including Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, DanceBrazil, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Gail Martin Gallery in New York.
2019 Emmy Award, NEW YORK (for FOX Sports coverage of 2018 FIFA World Cup)
2018 Sportel Award, MONACO (for a feature about a youth soccer team for kids with cerebral palsy)
English: Native or bilingual proficiency
Russian: Native or bilingual proficiency
French: Limited working proficiency