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James Brooke

A foreign correspondent who has reported from five continents, Brooke, known universally as Jim, is the Voice of America bureau chief for Russia and former Soviet Union countries. From his base in Moscow, Jim roams Russia and Russia’s southern neighbors. He files video, radio and web stories. His weekly blog, “Russia Watch,” now appears on the VOA web site in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian and Armenian. It also appears in five English-language newspapers in Russia and the region. 

A native of Lenox, a town in western Massachusetts, Jim graduated from Yale University in Latin American Studies, studying Russian, Portuguese and Spanish. After college Jim worked as an assistant to “New York Times” columnist James Reston in Washington. This experience working with a top newspaper columnist, Jim says, helps him today frame his “Russia Watch” blog. 

Restless with Washington, Jim flew to Rio de Janeiro, where he worked for two years as the South America correspondent for “The Miami Herald.” He then joined “The New York Times,” where he worked as correspondent for West Africa, Brazil/Andes, the Rocky Mountains, Canada and Japan/Korea. 

In 2006, Jim left Tokyo and the “Times” and moved to Moscow, where he became the Russia/CIS Bureau Chief for Bloomberg. In June 2010, he became Russia/CIS bureau chief for VOA.
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