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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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Oct 2, 2014
Kurds in Turkey look over the border with Syria toward the embattled town of Kobani. (David Takaki / Twitter)

ISIS and the battle for control of the Syrian town of Kobani. The Kurds have it. ISIS wants it. The US is bombing. We’ll look at the lessons of the battle for Kobani.

Oct 2, 2014
Duluth, Minnesota's Canal Park Lakewalk, shown here in 2005. (Jacob Norlund / Creative Commons)

What makes a good place to live in America today? We’ll talk with the people who size up our cities and towns.

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Oct 1, 2014
Actress Eva Longoria, center, Henry R. Munoz III, co-founder of the Latino Victory Project, left, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, are seated at an event launching The Latino Victory Project, a Latino political action committee, at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP)

Latino America. It is very large and growing very fast. How will it move the country?

 
Oct 1, 2014
Pro-democracy protesters hold umbrellas under heavy rain in a main street near the government headquarters in Hong Kong late Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP)

China, democracy and Hong Kong. They’re in the streets in Hong Kong with their “Umbrella Revolution.” What now?

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