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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, Stef 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.

After a year covering the Gulf War and the Kurdish refugee crisis for CNN, he was named Amman Bureau Chief and Correspondent. From there, covered most of the top stories of the 90s, including the wars of [former] Yugoslavia, the Somali civil war and the humanitarian response, the Middle East Peace Process. 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, first reporting and producing for Reuters TV, later producing and writing for television documentaries for 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).

Stef 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.

Stef speaks many languages, not all of them that well: English, Greek, French, Turkish, Arabic. And if phrases like “good morning,” “thank you” and “who stole my pen?” can be considered fluency, he can pretend to have some command of Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Swahili, Kurdish, Persian and Armenian.

As for his family life, there’s one great vernacular expression in Greek to describe him: “Χαζο-μπαμπάς.”

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TODAY
May 5, 2016
Detroit teachers march outside the district headquarters, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Detroit. Detroit Public Schools transition manager Steven Rhodes says 45,628 of approximately 46,000 students were forced to miss classes Monday as 1,562 teachers called in sick. The mass sick-out has forced the district to close 94 of its 97 schools. Detroit's schools are expected to be out of cash starting July 1. The state earlier gave the district $48.7 million in emergency funding to keep it open through June 30 as the Legislature considers a $720 million restructuring plan. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Fixing Michigan- from Flint’s water crisis to failing schools in Detroit. Are state takeovers the answers or the problem?

May 5, 2016
BEING CHARLIE Common and Nick Robinson Photo by Fred Hayes (PALADIN Release)

Director and actor Rob Reiner and his son, Nick, get personal in their new film “Being Charlie,” which takes on his son’s drug addiction.

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May 4, 2016
Leslie Stahl with her grandchild Jordan. (Courtesy: Leslie Stahl)

Trailblazing journalist Lesley Stahl on her new book Becoming Grandma, and the joys, the science, the struggles, the evolution of being a grandparent today.

 
May 4, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by his wife Melania, right, and daughter Ivanka, left, as he arrives for a primary night news conference, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Results from the 2016 Indiana primary. Does it cement two pathways to the nominations?

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Devoured: We Are What (And How) We Eat
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From chicken wings to kale smoothies, we look at what we eat, and how challenging it is to eat well in America.

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‘Embedded’: How Violent Gangs Are Terrorizing El Salvador
Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

NPR’s Kelly McEvers on her reporting in El Salvador for the podcast Embedded, and how gang killings brought San Salvador’s bus service to a halt.

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That Cheap Dress On Facebook? It Isn't Worth It
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

Know those shockingly cheap clothes you see advertised on Facebook? There’s a catch.

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