Christina Maria Paschyn
Christina Paschyn is a multimedia journalist, academic and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She has reported for major news organizations across the globe, including the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, E News in Johannesburg and KVRR-TV as the station’s congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C. In her work as a journalist, Paschyn has covered a variety of under-reported issues, such as Qatari women’s education and employment, education policies in the GCC, deteriorating press freedom in Ukraine, net neutrality, and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster anniversary and its relevance to the Fukushima nuclear crisis. She delivered live shots and interviews about the rocket strikes on Be’er Sheva, Israel, during the 2009 Gaza War for WEWS News Channel 5 in Cleveland, and she also discussed the rocket strikes in a televised segment for CNN iReport. Her video work has appeared on Euronews and TIME.com, and her writing has been published by the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post, Women’s eNews, Chime for Change, Al-Fanar Media, THINK. Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, and Cosmopolitan Magazine Middle East, among other publications.
In fall 2015, she completed her first feature-length documentary film, “A Struggle for Home: The Crimean Tatars.” The film chronicles the rich and often tragic history of the Crimean Tatar people, the Muslim-Turkic indigenous population of the Crimean Peninsula, from ancient times to the aftermath of the 2014 Russian annexation of the peninsula. It premiered at the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival in November 2015 and has since played in multiple film festivals and professional venues, including the European Parliament in Brussels and the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C. It has won several awards, including Best International Film at the DC Independent Film Festival in March 2016, Best Documentary at the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival in April 2016, and 1st place Short Foreign Documentary at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival in August 2016.
She holds both a bachelor and a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. In 2008 she was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to study in Be'er Sheva where she received a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Christina served as Project Coordinator for the Pulitzer Center from January 2010 through July 2011. She is now an assistant professor of journalism in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar. Visit her website at http://www.christinapaschyn.com.