Thanks for finding your way to my site. I’m a freelance journalist who has been based for almost all of this decade in the Balkans, but I’ve also reported across Europe and in Africa. I used to work for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network [BIRN produces, among other things, Balkan Insight and Prishtina Insight, where I was an opinions and features editor].
I was previously based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina where I was the daily web editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Investigations I worked on there have been named finalists for the Daniel Pearl Investigative Reporting Award and the Global Shining Light Award. Before that I followed war crimes cases in the Bosnian war crimes chamber for BIRN Bosnia.
My work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Politico, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Reuters, OpenDemocracy, Mother Jones, World Policy Review, The National’s M Magazine, The Hurriyet Daily News and more. I have also worked as a field producer for NBC and for PBS Frontline.
I received a fellowship from the International Women’s Media Foundation in 2017 to report in Rwanda and am a 2013 winner of the Overseas Press Club Fellowship, which sent me to intern for ThomsonReuters in Belgrade, Serbia.
Prior to working in journalism, I worked in the Press and Public Information Unit of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina and for a boutique election law firm in Washington, DC.
I hold a Master of Arts in Political Journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where my M.A. thesis, a 10,000 long-form narrative piece, was a runner up for best thesis in the program.
I have a B.A. in International Relations (focus on Russian and Post-Soviet Studies) from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where I served as student body president.
The views and pictures presented in the blog are my own unless otherwise specified.
You can contact me via vhopkins[@]gmail[dot]com.