Biography

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Michelle has consulted for numerous NGOs and UN agencies including UNDP, UNESCO, International Media Support (IMS), Open Society Foundation, International Center for Journalists, U.S. State Department, Institut Panos Europe and many others. Her consultancies have taken her to more than twenty sub-Saharan African countries as well as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Nepal, Iraq and numerous European capitals including Paris, Copenhagen and Oslo.

Recently, Michelle completed a paper for the UNDP Oslo Governance Center on media and conflict prevention which serves as background to the joint UN-World Bank study on development and conflict prevention, Pathways for Peace : Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict. She has also just finished two book chapters – one for an upcoming book on media development and another for a book on media and mass atrocity.

Michelle is a registered speaker with the U.S. State Department’s Africa Regional Services Speakers Bureau. She freelances when she can and has filed pieces for CBC Radio, the World Vision Report, National Geographic Traveller and completed a stint as the Africa correspondent for The Green Planet Monitor, a podcast on rabble.ca.

In 2006, Betz, together with a Ghanaian NGO, was awarded a health journalism grant to work with HIV+ women and Ghanaian journalists to produce radio diaries. UNESCO funded a similar project in the Great Lakes thanks to a proposal Michelle put together.

In 2003 was awarded a Knight International Press Fellowship and spent four months working in Rwanda. Michelle was awarded a second Knight International Press Fellowship and spent five months in 2005 in Morocco training journalists in both Morocco and Algeria.

Before starting her own international media development consultancy, Michelle Betz worked as a network news producer and taught broadcast journalism at the university level.

Betz specializes in the role of the media in international conflict and conflict resolution.

Michelle is currently based in the United States after spending time in Vienna, Austria, Cairo, Egypt and Accra, Ghana.

Honors and Awards

  • 2002
    Excellence in Journalism Education Fellowship
    Radio and Television News Directors Foundation (one of 24 educators selected nationwide)
    Assignment: KGW-TV, Portland, OR
  • 2002
    Grasty Award for Outstanding Teaching
    Nicholson School of Communication, University of Central Florida
  • 1990
    United Nations Prize
    For paper entitled: “The Palestinians, Surrogate Terrorism and the Disintegration of Lebanon: A Holistic Analysis of the Lebanese National Security Problem”
  • 1993
    Dept. of National Defence Military and Strategic Studies Scholarship
    For master’s thesis research. Two awarded annually.