Tala is a New York based producer, reporter and filmmaker. She currently covers the United Nations for Talk Radio News Service. Since 2002, Dowlatshahi has served as a United States representative for Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans Frontieres) -- the Paris-based media watchdog organization. Tala has chronicled stories in Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Eastern Europe, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Turkey, South Africa and Uganda. She has also been featured on CNN International, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Reuters, and in various humanitarian news programs. She is an associate member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Interactive EMMYs, Foreign Policy Association, New York Women in Film and Television and the Overseas Press Club of America as well as a recipient of the 2011 Visual Artists Guild champion for the right of freedom of speech and expression award. Tala has also participated in the The Iranian Women in American Journalism Project (IWAJ).
Ms. Dowlatshahi has interviewed such luminaries as Prime Minister Tony Blair, President of Venenzuela Hugo Chavez, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, South African President Mbeki, Bolivan President Evo Morales, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Vice President Al Gore, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno Ocampo, Annie Lennox, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Angela Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Deepak Chopra, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Ambassadors from countries including Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States, the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Islamic Republic of Iran, Mexico, Indonesia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Denmark and Norway.
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