Fellows & Editors


Betsy Pisik

Fellows Fall 2010
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Betsy Pisik is a freelance reporter based at the United Nations in New York, where she has covered all aspects of international relations from the diplomatic wrangling behind the Security Council to nation-building and development efforts.  In the last decade, she has also written extensively for the Washington Times and the Straits Times about peace and security, health, international law and human rights. As a full-time foreign correspondent for the Washington Times since 1996, Pisik has chronicled combat and its impact on life in Afghanistan, southern Lebanon, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.  In 2003 she covered US-led invasion of Iraq, focusing on early reconstruction efforts, returning later to monitor the political process.  She has also reported on the gang rape epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, political assassination in Pakistan, and famine and fistula in Ethiopia. Pisik is a longtime judge of the Overseas Press Club Whitman Bassow Prize for Environmental Reporting.  She is also the vice-chair of the Dag Hammarskjold Memorial Scholarship Fund, which since 1962 has brought journalists from the developing world to the United Nations for a fellowship to cover the annual General Assembly opening session.A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, she has also studied sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC.

Post-IRP Stories


  • Polio Comeback: A Sad Lesson From Nigeria

    Saidiku Ali is as buff and sculptured as any athlete. His neck is large and corded with tendons. His shoulders gleam in the harsh morning light as the 25-year-old's muscled arms...

  • Halting an Epidemic: Polio in Nigeria

    Betsy Pisik traveled to Kano, Nigeria, to report on polio as a 2010 IRP Fellow. She was accompanied by Mary F. Calvert, whose photos are displayed throughout the video and on her website. ...

  • 400 Kids Killed by Lead Poisoning

    Kula cannot remember exactly when her brother and son brought the grinder home, but its impact was immediate: The family's income more than tripled, as they pulverized locally mined rock into dust...

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