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Stefano Kotsonis
On Point producer Stefano Kotsonis

On Point producer Stefano Kotsonis

Stefano Kotsonis began his career in broadcasting in 1987 as a founding member of the nationally syndicated PBS current affairs program, “THE KWITNY REPORT,” which was awarded the George Polk Award for Television Investigative Journalism.

In 1989, Stefano moved to Athens, Greece where he worked as a freelance reporter and producer for major television, radio and print outlets such as CNN, BBC, CBC The European and USA Today.

Later, as Bureau Chief and Correspondent for CNN based in Amman, Jordan, Stefano covered most of the top stories of the 90s, including the Gulf War, Middle East Peace Process, the wars of Yugoslavia, the Somali civil war and the humanitarian response that it engendered. His reporting sent him to the corners of the Caucasus, Middle East, Europe, and East and South Africa.

He returned to the United States in 1996, at first reporting and producing for Reuters TV.

By 1997, Stefano was producing and writing for television documentaries which aired on The History Channel, Discovery Health and PBS, such as “ISLAM: EMPIRE OF FAITH,” (a three-hour documentary about the rise of the early Islamic empires which aired on PBS).

Stefano made the switch to public radio in the summer of 2001, and has worked on several WBUR-produced programs, including “Here & Now” and now, On Point.

Stefano speaks many languages poorly: English, Greek, French, Turkish, Arabic. And if phrases like “good morning,” “thank you” and “more, please,” can be considered fluency, he can claim to have some command of Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Swahili, Kurdish, Persian and Armenian.

Not that you asked, but Stefano is a proud father of two young boys and a cranky but devoted husband.

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Dec 19, 2014
Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

Cuba reset. Russia’s rubble troubles. School massacre in Pakistan. Jeb explores 2016. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Dec 19, 2014
Soledad, and from left, Nina Pastori, and Lila Downs perform on stage at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute honoring Joan Manuel Serrat at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

From crossover hits to hip-hop to soul, we look at a big year in the wide world of Latin music.

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Dec 18, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

A big Sony hack gets weirder and wider. And Hollywood and Homeland Security are on edge.

 
Dec 18, 2014
This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP)

Following months of secret talks the US will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than fifty years.

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