lucy kafanov







CNN News                                                Denver, CO                                                                2019-Present



NBC News                                                London, England                                                            2016-2019

Foreign Correspondent


Independent Multimedia Journalist                Instanbul, Turkey                                                         2014-Present

  • Work as a freelance broadcast, print and video journalist covering the Middle East, Turkey and Russia for a variety
  • of clients, including VICE News, AJ+ and Christian Science Monitor.
  • On-Camera reporter and producer for VICE News. Most recently served as host, producer and camerawoman for documentary investigating deaths of Russian soldiers in Ukraine.


RT INTERNATIONAL                                  Moscow, Russia                                                               2012-2014

Roving Correspondent, News Anchor

  • RT International is a 24-hour English language news network broadcast in more than 100 countries with a global reach of more than 630 million people, also available on the web at and on YouTube
  • Roving on-air correspondent focusing on the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Enterprised, produced and reported news and feature packages focusing on conflict, foreign policy, politics, the economy, conflict and international affairs, often from hostile environments.
  • Responsible for all aspects of story production, including pitching, developing budgets, field producing, shooting and editing video, conducting interviews, writing and presenting.
  • Covered breaking news live on air, reporting both in studio and on location. Field assignments included Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Venezuela, Jordan, Lebanon and EU countries.
  • News Presenter, anchoring six hours of daily live news broadcasts in the studio, including live interviews, breaking news coverage and unscripted rolling coverage.
  • Multimedia reports across social networking platforms, including regular updates to more than 22,500 Twitter followers.


RT AMERICA                                             Washington, DC                                                            2009-2012

Senior Producer, News Anchor & Correspondent

  • Reported, produced and wrote news packages; reported live on-location and in-studio.
  • Anchored, wrote and produced U.S. newscast (anchored three 30-minute shows, once a week) featuring live interviews with policymakers, economists and analysts on politics, foreign policy, international affairs and the economy.
  • Lead reporter and producer overseeing RT’s Emmy Award Nominated Occupy Wall Street coverage (2012); Headed on-the-ground multimedia and live reports from NYC and Oakland.
  • Senior Producer with editorial and management responsibility for RT America newscasts. Oversaw daily news coverage and long-term planning, led morning staff editorial meetings.
  • Managed and coordinated a team of more than a dozen reporters and producers in RT’s DC, NY and LA bureaus to produce daily TV segments and packages; Conceived and educated guest interview segments; Oversaw guest bookings; Assigned news packages to reporters and assisted with their development.
  • Fill-in host for hour-long live news discussion programs: The Alyona Show and The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann


THE PBS NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER        Washington, DC                                                            2007-2009

Political Reporter

  • The NewsHour is the flagship evening television news program broadcast weeknights on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
  • Developed and produced daily news segments covering Washington politics, policy and the 2008 Presidential Election.
  • Duties included producing day-of-air political segments, producing packages for broadcast; generating and developing story ideas; identifying, pre-interviewing and booking guests; writing scripts and anchor copy; deploying and managing technical crews for location shoots; maintaining contacts within national media organizations; contributing online print stories.
  • Field-produced live-coverage of major political events, including the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates, as well as the PBS NewsHour’s live Election Night coverage.
  • Filled-in for Senior Capital Hill Producer, responsible for serving as a main liaison between the program and House and Senate offices, tracking legislation, producing and coordinating live and recorded live shoots with members of congress.


FEATURE STORY NEWS                                Washington, DC                                                                  2009

Freelance Reporter & Producer

  • FSN is an independent news agency providing award-winning news coverage for TV, radio and online broadcasters around the world, including Voice of America, Fox News Channel, South African Broadcasting Corporation and Channel NewsAsia.
  • Radio news reporter and producer. Wrote and recorded wraps and news packages for international radio clients including Voice of America, Bloomberg, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Deutsche Welle Radio; Interviewed newsmakers on major international stories; Prepared excerpts and edited audio stories for broadcast; Assisted in field shoot production.


GREENWIRE, E&E                                         Washington, DC                                                         2005-2007

Political Reporter

  • The leading source for daily coverage of energy and environmental politics and policy, E&E produces EnergyWire, Greenwire, E&E Daily, ClimateWire and E&ETV.
  • Capital Hill print reporter responsible for generating daily feature and breaking news stories under tight deadlines. Beats included congressional leadership, water and energy policy, climate change, environmental policy, and international energy issues with a focus on Russia.


KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE                             Washington, DC                                                         Spring 2005


  • Reported on a variety of stories for Knight-Ridder/Tribune member productions, including the Chicago Tribune


CBS NEWS                                                  Washington, DC                                                            Fall 2004

Political Unit Intern

  • Assisted producers and anchors in the producing daily political coverage of the 2004 Presidential Election; Attended press conferences, conducted political research, and contributed online material to the CBS website.





  The George Washington University, Washington DC- 2005

  B.A., Journalism, Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa





  •  Report of Pakistani civilian drone strike victims “Highly Commended” at the 2013 AIBs Media Excellence Awards, Best Short Documentary category
  •   Current Affairs & News Emmy nomination for RT’s Occupy Wall Street movement coverage, 2012
  •   Named by Foreign Policy as one of 100 powerful & influential female tweeters, 2012 #FPwomerati List
  •   Member of Phi Beta Kappa, a nationwide academic honor society, 2005
  •   Recipient of the Larry King Scholarship Award, 2004-2005
  •   Recipient of the Jesse Frederick Essary Prize in Reporting, 2004
  •   Recipient of GWU Presidential Academic Scholarship, 2003




  • Languages: English and Russian  (Fluent)



Technical Proficiency

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Avid
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Audition
  • Audacity
  • Advanced use of digital SLRs and HD camcorders, audio recording devices, HEFAT trained and certified (Centurion)