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Resume | Sara Schonhardt
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E-mail: saraschonhardt@gmail.com

Work Experience

Freelance (Jakarta, Indonesia) writer   August 2009 – Present

  • String for online and print publications, such as the Christian Science Monitor and The Global Post and produce radio for the Voice of America. Recent articles have looked in depth at rising religious tensions, counter-terrorism efforts and the impact economic growth is having on communities outside Jakarta. Spot news coverage has focused on natural disasters, including the recent eruption of Mount Merapi and the tsumani off the Mentawai Islands.

Associated Press (Jakarta, Indonesia) reporter              May – Aug 2008

  • Wrote feature stories and daily news briefs on topics ranging from the environment to the impact of global oil price hikes on Indonesia’s poorest. Piece on the rise in orphanage enrollment due to the economic downturn was picked up by the websites of ABC News and the International Herald Tribune; another on the cause of a mud volcano that has displaced thousands of villagers ran in papers throughout the US
  • Reported breaking news on a tight deadlines
  • Worked with multimedia tools to create slideshow presentations for the Web

New York Times Syndicate (New York, NY)         fact-check intern      Sept – Jan 2007

  • Fact-checked feature stories and op-eds by Umberto Eco, Bernard-Henri Levy and Christopher Hitchens
  • Utilized hard-copy and online resources to check content validity before articles were sent for syndication
  • Liaised with senior editors on story clarity and organization

Freelance (Bangkok, Thailand) writer                 Jan 2007 – July 2007

  • Worked as a freelance writer for online news websites and print publications, including The Bangkok Post and Ms. Magazine
  • Focused on health care, gender equality and development-related topics, such as corporate social responsibility

Artasia Press (Bangkok, Thailand) writer/editor                   June 2005 – Dec 2006

  • Worked as associate editor for Sarika, Fah Thai and other travel/lifestyle magazines produced by this Bangkok-based publishing house
  • Determined content, edited copy, worked with designers and photographers on images and layouts and helped see each magazine through the printing process

Cambodia Magazine (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)         managing editor       Jan 2006 – Sept 2006

  • Served as managing editor of Cambodia Magazine, the official magazine of the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism
  • Developed the magazine from the ground up, a task that required enhanced understanding of Cambodian arts, culture and history

Asia Times Online (Hua Hin, Thailand)                    writer/editor         Aug 2003 – June 2005

  • Served as senior Southeast Asia editor for this online publication
  • Determined content, compiled wire-service information, corresponded daily with writers and contributors and edited incoming stories for clarity, fact and grammar
  • Reported on national politics and economics and covered the effects of the 2005 tsunami on Southern Thailand

CNN (Washington DC)                          research intern         Jan – Apr 2002

  • Interned with “Crossfire,” CNN’s political debate show
  • Participated in daily conference calls, researched show topics and attended nightly recordings
  • Worked with video and editing equipment to create a short news package and learned basic anchor duties


Columbia University – New York, NY
School of International and Public Affairs (September 2007 – May 2009)
Master of International Affairs in International Media and Communications

Ohio University – Athens, Ohio
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism (September 1999 – June 2003)
Bachelor of Science in Journalism
Specializations in English and Political Science


•    Web 2.0 proficient
•    Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and Power Point
•    Familiar with Final Cut video editing program and Pro Tools audio editing
•    Languages: Intermediate Thai and elementary Spanish