Journalist and Co-founder, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
Drew Sullivan is a veteran journalist and media development specialist who has worked for 15 years in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. He founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 and served as director, editor and now the president of the board of the organization. He co-founded and served as the first director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a regional consortium of investigative centers, where he now serves as editor. He co-founded the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs worldwide.
As a journalist, Drew led a team of reporters looking at corruption by the Bosnian prime minister which led to his eventual indictment and resignation. His work has been awarded the Daniel Pearl Award (twice), the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting (twice), the Global Shining Light Award for reporting under duress (twice), the Tom Renner award for Crime Reporting (twice) and dozens of other local and international awards. He worked as an investigative reporter for the Tennessean newspaper in Nashville and was news data editor for the Special Assignment Team of the Associated Press in New York. He has served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting.
Before becoming a journalist, Drew was an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle Project for Rockwell International Space Systems in Downey CA. He toured the US for a year as a standup comedian, and has appeared in three Eastern European films, playing the “evil American” each time. He relaxes by playing poker and by singing in Sarajevo’s only bluegrass/country/folk band—largely by virtue of his American accent.