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IPS North America journalist network

Below are the profiles of some of the journalists and correspondents working with IPS North America.


Editor Katherine Stapp, based at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, is a member of the editorial pool with prime responsibility for the journalistic production from the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. She manages a group of influential writers based in places like Washington, Kingston, New York, San Diego, Tampa, Montreal, Brooklin, Vancouver, Atlanta, and Berkeley, among many others.  She coordinates with the Editor in Chief, and forms part of the IPS editorial team.

Katherine has written for IPS since 1999. Her work has been cited twice by Project Censored. In 2001, she was awarded the New Horizons in Science Fellowship, a Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) grant. She has written numerous stories on health and environmental issues, including a six–part series for IPS on Gender, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights that examined issues such as equal access to care, gender differences in ARV treatment, the advent of rapid testing techniques, and NGO strategies to increase AIDS funding. Based in New York City, she is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism.

e–mail: kstapp[at]

HAIDER RIZVI, UN Correspondent

Haider Rizvi has been writing for IPS for more than 10 years. He joined IPS South Asia in 1993.

From 1994–1997, he reported on US domestic politics and foreign policy from Washington, DC. In 1997, he moved to New York to study at Columbia University where he received a Master’s degree in Journalism. After writing for several US–based publications, Rizvi joined the IPS United Nations Bureau in 2002. At the UN, he specializes in reporting on international human rights issues and sustainable development as well as disarmament, women’s rights, and indigenous peoples’ rights.

Email: haiderrizvi[at]

JIM LOBE, Washington Bureau Chief

He joined IPS in 1979 and opened its Washington, D.C. bureau in 1980. He has worked for IPS from Washington for most of the past 23 years.

A proud native of Seattle, Washington, Jim Lobe received a B.A. degree with highest honours in history at Williams College and a J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law). Jim is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy for IPS, particularly the neo–conservative influence in the Bush administration. He has also written for Foreign Policy In Focus, Alternet,, and was featured in BBC and ABC television documentaries about motivations for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. His popular blog – dedicated to Washington politics – can be found at

Email: ipswas[at]

EMAD MEKAY, Global Trade and Finance Correspondent

Emad Mekay is the IPS Trade and Finance Correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. He joined IPS in October 2001, and has since broken several stories related to controversial activities of the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has also reported widely on the activities of the anti–globalisation movement, both in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

He was a winner of the 2003 Project Censored award from California’s Sonoma State University for his 2002 story on the ‘shady’ dealings of shamed multinationals Enron and Worldcom in the developing world.

Email: emekay[at]

STEPHEN LEAHY, Science and Environment Correspondent

Leahy writes on climate change, native peoples, biodiversity, sustainable development, and other issues for IPS.

Based in Brooklin, Canada, near Toronto, Steve has covered environmental issues for more than a decade. His writing has been published in dozens of publications around the world. Leahy just published his first e–book: “Oil Stains in the Boreal Forest: The Environmental Cost of Canada’s Oil Sands.” His blog can be read online at

Email: writersteve[at]

GARETH PORTER, Correspondent

Porter has written regular news analyses on political, diplomatic and military developments in regard to Middle East conflicts for IPS since early 2005 and has had a blog on Huffington Post since early 2007. He was the first journalist to provide a detailed account of the alleged secret Iranian diplomatic proposal to the United States in 2003 and debunked the Bush administration’s claim that Iran has been providing explosively formed penetrators to Iraqi militiamen.

Porter is a U.S. historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy. He is the author of a history of the origins of the Vietnam War, “Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam.” He holds a master’s degree in international politics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian politics from Cornell University. During the Vietnam War, he served as Saigon Bureau Chief for Dispatch News Service International and later co–director of the Indochina Resource Center, an anti–war research and education organisation based in Washington, D.C. He taught international studies at the City College of New York and the American University during the period 1982–90.

Email: porter.gareth50[at]

ADRIANNE APPEL, Correspondent

Adrianne Appel has written for IPS since 2006. From 1992–1995, she reported from Washington, DC on U.S. domestic politics, including health, environmental and science policy. In 1996, she moved her news reporting to Boston, Massachusetts, and specialises in health and environmental reporting, and investigative projects involving U.S. corporate malfeaseance. She has written numerous stories for IPS on the death penalty abolition movement in the U.S.

Email: appel15[at]

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