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Margarita Akhvlediani

Margarita Akhvlediani

Caucasus program director and regional editor, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Tbilisi, Georgia

Akhvlediani was born in Bishkek, Kyrgystan, but has lived most of her life in the Republic of Georgia and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the State University of Georgia. She started her journalism career in 1985 as a reporter for Youth of Georgia newspaper in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1994, she was named editor-in-chief for Black Sea Press news service in Tbilisi. She spent three years as a broadcast reporter and editor, first with the Russian television company RTR and later as editor-in-chief of the bilingual station “Radio Sakartvelo” in Tbilisi. Since 2002, she has worked as the Caucasus Program director and regional Editor in Tbilisi for the British Institute for War and Peace Reporting, based in London. She manages 150 journalists from the Caucasus regions, editing articles for the world weekly bulletin of IWPR Caucasus Reporting Service (www.iwpr.net). She also conducts trainings for local journalists in the post-Soviet Republics of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and the North Caucasian regions of Russia including Chechnya to teach them international standards of journalism.

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