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Editor-in-Chief of RT
Margarita is one of the youngest TV executives in Russia. Born in Southern Russia, she began her journalism career in her native town at the age of 18, after spending a year as a student in Bristol, NH, USA. She went on to earn a University degree, concurrently combining academic studies with in-field work. Starting in 2001, she worked on a state TV channel “Rossiya,” for which she reported from Chechnya during the Second Chechen Campaign, from the Beslan School Siege, and from Abkhazia. For her work Margarita has received several awards for journalism.
In 2005, at 25 years old, Margarita was named Editor-in-Chief of Russia Today, the first Russian round-the-clock English-language news channel. Later on, after the launch of RT in Arabic (Rusiya Al-Yaum) and RT in Spanish, she became Editor-in-Chief of the global multilingual television news network RT. Margarita Simonyan is also the first Vice-President of Russia’s National Association of TV and Radio Broadcasters (NAT).
Managing Director of RT
Alexey’s journalistic pursuits began in the early 1970s, when at just 13 years of age he published his first article. In the Soviet era, his career focused predominantly on sports journalism, which was largely devoid of political interference, and Alexey has reported on major sporting events, including the Olympics. During the Perestroika, Alexey began to cover general issues and in 1990 joined Russia’s first ever independent radio station Echo of Moscow, where he soon became a news anchor and a reporter. For this station he covered some of the most important events of the 90s in Russia, including the August Coup of 1991, the October 1993 Constitutional Crisis.
Since 1994 Alexey has mostly worked on Russian television. He was instrumental in launching the new national network, REN TV. At the same time he continued his love affair with sports journalism and still writes frequently on the subject for national newspapers and magazines. He also became Russia’s first golf commentator and occasionally serves in this capacity at Eurosport and Sport TV channels. Alexey is a winner of the prestigious Russian Union of Journalists’ award “For Professional Excellence” and several other industry awards. He is also a professor of Journalism at Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities.
Alexey joined Russia Today (now RT) in 2005 and is now the Managing Director for the entire organization, including English, Arabic and Spanish channels.