«Class of 2005

Akaki Gogichaishvili

anchor/producer, "60 Minutes", Tbilisi, Georgia

Gogichaishvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia and attended Tbilisi State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering geology and a master’s degree in volcanology. He quit his job as a geologist and an assistant professor at Tbilisi State University in 1991 to become a journalist during the civil war that erupted in Georgia. He began as a daily newspaper reporter and freelance reporter for various Georgian radio and television programs. After international news training program in London and a fellowship at Duke University, he worked briefly for the Voice of America before returning to Georgia to launch an investigative television program, “60 Tsuti” or “60 Minutes.” His program and his staff have faced serious threats from the Georgian government. He was called “Georgia’s first true investigative journalist” in a 2000 New Yorker magazine article about troubles in Georgia, which describes Gogichaishvili’s courageous reporting.

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