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What People are Saying about DAWNS Digest

DAWNS Digest saves precious time as an ED of a busy NGO. Having all of the day’s most compelling news and commentary is a really great resource. And I really like that DAWNS highlights the positive news in international development–too many development media outlets only focus on the negatives which only serve to reinforce stereotypes about the communities we work with.

Mireille Cronin Mather, Executive Director
Foundation for Sustainable Development
I’m just scanning through my first “Dawns Digest” – you have no idea the hours you have given back to my work day.

Alyson Rowe, Senior Manager for Community Development
War Child Canada
I am really enjoying it and that it’s been very helpful.

Niki Clark, Policy Media Relations Officer
I’ve really been enjoying DAWNS Digest so far. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest development news, in a concise, and highly-readable format.

Manoli Strecker
Society for International Development – Washington

Who is behind DAWNS Digest?

Mark Leon Goldberg  is the editor of the United Nations and global affairs blog UN Dispatch and host of the Global Dispatches podcast. He is co-founder of the global  news clips service DAWNS Digest. For three years running, he’s been named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 “Twitterati.”

From 2004-2006 Mark was a writing fellow at The American Prospect where he wrote numerous articles on foreign policy. Prior to joining the Prospect, Mark was a research assistant at the New America Foundation. Mark is a senior fellow with Humanity in Action, a former Young Atlantacist Fellow with the Atlantic Council, and a former Dan Dutko Memorial Foundation Public Policy Fellow.

Mark’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Foreign Policy, The Globe and Mail, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New Republic, PSI IMPACT, USAID Frontlines, and The Daily Beast. He has appears regularly as an an on-air guest for Al Jazeera English, National Public Radio, the BBC and HuffPo Live.

He has a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University.

He tweets @marklgoldberg.

Tom Murphy is a reporter for Humanosphere, an independent news organization dedicated to reporting on global poverty and inequity. His work was recognized at the 2016 International Health Workforce Awards and was supported through International Reporting Project fellowships.

Prior to joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor.