Jim Bittermann is CNN's Senior International Correspondent based in Paris. Since joining CNN in 1996, he has covered the death of Princess Diana in 1997, NATO air strikes on Kosovo in 1998, the earthquake in Turkey in 1999 and the World Cup soccer championships, among other stories.
Bittermann joined CNN from ABC News, where he was a Paris news correspondent from 1990-1996. During his years with ABC, he covered a wide range of international events, including the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Gulf War and the Middle East peace process and U.S. deployment in Somalia. His long-form projects at ABC included Betrayed in Blood, a report on the French AIDS-tainted blood scandal for PrimeTime Live and two half-hour special reports for Nightline with Ted Koppel, A Perfect Messiah and The Fashion Conspiracy.
From 1978-1990, Bittermann was a European correspondent for NBC News. Based in Rome from 1978-1979, he covered two Papal transitions and the travels of Pope John Paul II. From 1980-1990, he was based in Paris. While there, he reported on many of the decade's major international stories in Eastern Europe, Northern and Western Africa, the Middle East, the Philippines, Japan and the Soviet Union. He received a national news Emmy Award for his coverage of the 1988 Sudan famine.
Prior to NBC, Bittermann was a Toronto-based correspondent and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s newsmagazine. He also worked as a reporter for WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1973-1975 after working one year for WQED-TV, a public television station in Pittsburgh.
In 1971-1972, Bittermann traveled the national presidential campaign staffs of Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana and Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine. He began his career in broadcast journalism in 1970 at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, after one year as a newspaper reporter with the Waukegan News-Sun in Waukegan, Ill.
His many honors include a CableACE Award for CNN's coverage of the civil war in Zaire. He has been a panel moderator at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and a member of the jury for the French film competition Les Lumieres de Paris. Since 1998, Bittermann has been assistant adjunct professor of communication at the American University of Paris, teaching courses in broadcast news and documentary film, among other subjects.
Bittermann earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University, which in 1989 named him the Southern Illinois University's Journalism Alumnus of the Year. In 2000 he received the university's Alumni Achievement Award.
Brahim Kas is a doctoral researcher in political science at the University of Paris 8 Saint-Denis. His research focuses on Saudi Arabia and the new balances in the Middle East, exploring the internal and external challenges of the House of Al Saud, and the construction of its new bilateral relations, among others, with Moscow, Tel Aviv, Beijing where he conducted a field study in April 2016.
After studying science applied to economics at the University of Paris-Ouest-Nanterre, Mr. KAS pursued a career as a consultant in networks & telecoms before joining the civil service as an executive position at the Ministry of National Education in Paris where he was able to lead some reflections on Islam and secularism.
After being admitted to the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), Mr. KAS resumed his studies by obtaining a Master II in Geopolitics and Strategic Foresight with a specialization module in Economic Intelligence at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques in Paris (IRIS Sup).
Bilingual French-Arab Algerian, he also holds an intensive diploma in Arabic from INALCO, where he is pursuing a degree in Arabic language and civilization. He has published several articles and produced several TV programs on the Middle East and North Africa, regions he has frequented on numerous occasions. His last field study (April 2019), allowed him to travel to Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan where he recently participated in an international symposium co-organized by the Royal Institute for Inter Faith Studies and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation on 29-30 September 2019.
M. Scott Solomon is Associate Professor and Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at the University of South Florida-Tampa. He received his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2002. Prior to joining the University of South Florida in 2005 he taught at the New School University, New York University, and Lingnan University in Hong Kong, where he served as The Lingnan Foundation Teaching Scholar. His research interests include globalization, international political economy, and migration. In addition to authoring numerous book chapters and articles, he is the co-author (with Martin Griffiths and Steven Roach) of Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations (Routledge) and (with Mark Rupert) of Globalization and International Political Economy: The Politics of Alternative Futures (Rowman & Littlefield). His current research centers on international migration, particularly issues of state initiated migration policies for remittance generation, policy responses to brain-drain, and medical migration.
James “Jimmy” Story is the Chargé d’ Affaires, for the Venezuela Affairs Unit, located at the United States Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.
Most recently, Mr. Story served as Chargé d’ Affaires at the United States Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, until the temporary suspension of operations and the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel due to security concerns.
Previously, Mr. Story served as Consul General in Rio de Janeiro. Other recent positions include Director of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office for the Western Hemisphere, Director of INL Office in Bogota, Colombia, and Senior Civilian Representative in Southeastern Afghanistan.
A career Senior Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Story has also served in Sao Paulo as the Deputy Principal Officer and Political-Economic Chief; Brasilia as the Regional Environmental Affairs Director for South America; Washington D.C. in the Office of Marine Conservation in the OES Bureau; Maputo Mozambique as Economic-Political officer; Guadalajara, Mexico as a Consular Officer; and at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations as the Ambassador’s staff assistant. He is the recipient of numerous State Department and interagency awards including the Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs.
Mr. Story grew up in the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina and graduated with a B.A./B.Sc. in interdisciplinary studies from South Carolina College at the University of South Carolina. He also received a M.Sc. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish. He is married to Susan West Story, and they have one son, James McKelvey “Mac” Story.
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