The Team


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Jabeen Bhatti

Managing Editor

Jabeen has worked as a journalist in the US and abroad for more than two decades, writing for dozens of news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg, The Washington Times, The Washington Post. Originally from the Washington, DC area, Jabeen has lived in Poland, Denmark, South Korea, Germany and France. Jabeen holds a MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and was a Fulbright scholar in 2006. She speaks German, with a working knowledge of French, and has studied Russian and Danish. She founded ARA in 2008.

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John Dyer

Deputy Managing Editor

John has been a reporter, editor and lecturer for more than a decade. Most recently, he’s worked for Newsday, the Boston Globe and the New York Post. He worked as a foreign correspondent in the Balkans for years and was a fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.


Jacob Wirtschafter

Assistant Editor / MENA

Jacob Wirtschafter has been a foreign correspondent based in the Middle East for decades, writing for publications such as USA Today, The Washington Times and Monocle. Previously, he served as managing editor of Syria Direct in Amman, deputy bureau chief for ABC News in Jerusalem and the editor-in-chief of Business Monthly in Cairo.

Eros Banaj

Eros Banaj

Manager, Editorial Operations

Eros has almost a decade of experience in international organizations including the United Nations, handling operational duties, research, social media and content production. In addition, he has contributed to breaking news coverage for major American publications and continues to write on news and scientific stories for DailyChatter. He speaks Albanian, English and German, and has working knowledge of Italian. He holds an LLB in Law from the University of Tirana in Albania, and an MA in International Relations from Babes Bolyai University in Romania.

Jennifer Mizrahi

Jennifer Mizrahi

Manager, Business Operations

Jennifer has worked as a manager for over 20 years in multiple industries including: retail, construction, real estate, telecom, and media. She has a strong focus on increasing efficiencies and being a change agent to grow business.  Her list of responsibilities with ARA include overseeing the bookkeeping department and evaluating company needs. Jennifer is an American and resides in America.  Her native language is English, and she is also proficient in conversational Spanish. She has a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University.


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Harald Franzen


A native of Germany with almost two decades of reporting experience in the US and Europe, Harald has worked in print, television and online media and as a photojournalist. Specializing in science and technology writing, his work has appeared in Scientific American, Popular Science, Life Magazine, The Associated Press, Der Spiegel, and Vanity Fair Germany. Harald's photos have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Stern, Business Week, New York Magazine, the Washington Times and People. Harald holds a masters degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and speaks English, French, German, Spanish and basic Italian.

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Sumi Somaskanda


Sumi has worked as a reporter, anchor, radio and television journalist and producer for various media outlets in the US and Germany. Her work has appeared on WYCC Chicago, NY1, WLIU radio, Vermont's WCAX and Capital News 9 (YNN), and she also co-produced an award-winning documentary on autism. She served as a lead news producer at Current TV before moving to Germany, where she currently anchors at Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin. Her print work has appeared in The Washington Times and Global Post. She holds a masters from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and speaks German, Spanish and Tamil.

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Thomas Marzahl


Thomas is an American print and radio journalist who has worked abroad for most of the past two decades, in Germany, and France. His work has appeared on Deutsche Welle, AFP, the BBC and National Public Radio among others, with reports ranging from India and Japan to West Africa and across Europe. Thomas specializes in politics, business and culture reporting and speaks French and German.

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Michael Levitin


A print journalist specializing in arts & culture, environment, politics and travel writing, Michael worked in Bolivia, the Czech Republic, Puerto Rico and Spain before landing in Germany. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Slate, The Walrus, The International Herald Tribune, US News & World Report and The Daily Telegraph. A native of northern California, Michael holds a masters degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and speaks Spanish and German.


Hauke Saathoff

Hauke is a communications and IT specialist who has co-founded several consultancy companies and worked as brand manager for EnBW, a major German utilities company. He is responsible for the design and development of and has supported ARA with its strategic development. Hauke majored in marketing, business, computer science and advertising psychology at the University of Rostock.

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