Pulitzer Center Explores Global Health Journalism at Berlin Cosmopolitan School

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Moldova’s health system struggled to cope and the country became vulnerable to a growing tuberculosis crisis. Image by David Rochkind, Moldova, 2010.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 2:00PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:00PM

Pulitzer Center grantees Carl Gierstorfer and David Rochkind along with Senior Producer Steve Sapienza explore global health journalism at the Berlin Cosmopolitan School on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

Gierstorfer, a journalist and filmmaker with a background in biology, has produced and directed documentaries for ZDF, Discovery Channel and the BBC. As a videographer, he has reported from all corners of this world for Deutsche Welle. Gierstorfer's reporting with the Pulitzer Center includes his project on how prenatal screening techniques and sex-selective abortion create an excess of boys in some countries, including India, which in turn threatens to destabilize entire societies.

Rochkind's photography has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone, and has won awards and grants from the National Press Photographers Association, World Health Organization and others in addition to his grants from the Pulitzer Center. His reporting includes a focus on the global tuberculosis epidemic, work that he developed into an educational website and curriculum for high schools to teach about TB and public health in the developing world. In addition to his reporting on TB in Vietnam and Moldova, he covered the fight against HIV in Honduras.

Sapienza is an award-winning news and documentary producer who has covered a wide range of human security stories in dozens of countries, including the HIV crisis in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, child soldiers in Sierra Leone, climate refugees in Bangladesh, and landmine survivors in Cambodia. For over 20 years he has shot and produced stories for broadcast television and online distribution.