Kyle James

journalist/writer/media development consultant

About Me

Kyle amid Bhutanese

Me among the Bhutanese

I am an American-Swedish (dual nationality) media development consultant and freelance journalist/editor based in Marseille, France.

As a media development consultant, I have worked since 2008 in close to 20 countries. I conduct workshops for print, radio and online journalism and consult on a variety of media-related topics, including social media for journalists and NGOs, citizen and mobile journalism and media and information literacy.

While wearing my reporter hat, which I have since 1997, I’ve reported on just about everything under the sun (or the clouds, since I lived in northern Europe for many years) in countries across Europe and in Asia. Topics I’ve covered range from politics and human rights to business and economics to social trends, arts and entertainment.

I am a graduate of the journalism program at the University of California, Berkeley and have worked in print, radio and online media. I have been managing editor of a weekly economics magazine in Cambodia. My radio work has aired on NPR and Marketplace in the US, Germany’s Deutsche Welle (DW), and other stations. I have 10 years of experience in online media, working as a reporter and editor for DW’s English-language online service.

My professional path is laid out in more detail in my CV below.


Kyle D. James

Skype: kdjames


DW Akademie, Berlin/Bonn, Germany

Media Trainer, Consultant

February 2008 – Present

As a trainer and consultant I have conducted workshops for journalists of all ages and skill levels and worked with media organizations in nearly 20 countries in Asia, eastern Europe and Africa. Projects have included workshops on radio, print and online journalism, and analyses of national media. A particular focus now is the digitization of the media, which includes consulting on social media for journalists and NGOs as well as training mobile and citizen journalism using smartphones and apps for news gathering. I have led thematic workshops around the issues of disability, business and economics, and climate change. In Cambodia, I worked with the leading Khmer Rouge archive on an educational website aimed at youth. In Myanmar, I help lead a project to establish a community radio network. I have received advanced training in adult education strategies and conduct Train the Trainer workshops in several of DW Akademie’s focus countries.


Freelance Journalist/Editor, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

January 2013 – June 2014

I reported on a variety of issues in Cambodia ranging from politics, culture and the environment for clients including Germany’s DW and London-based Monocle 24. I also edited Construction & Property, a bimonthly trade magazine published in Phnom Penh.


East-West Management Institute–Program on Rights and Justice, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Consulting Editor

November 2012 – November 2013

My duties for this human rights NGO included writing and editing weekly and quarterly reports on the organization’s and their NGO partners’ activities. I also wrote and edited material, including press releases, background briefings, etc., for various campaigns around land, labor and other rights issues.


Economics Today Magazine, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Managing Editor

March 2012 – December 2012

I supervised a staff of six Cambodian reporters at this weekly magazine devoted to business and economics in the Kingdom. I was responsible for approving article pitches, guiding reporting, content and copyediting, art direction and layout. I was also involved in recruiting freelancers, building up sources and developing contacts in the business and government sectors.


Deutsche Welle Online, Berlin, Germany

Editor/Managing Editor

April 2002 – February 2012

I wrote and reported on a wide variety of topics for Deutsche Welle’s English-language internet pages. Besides original reporting, duties included editing, translation and adaptation from German-language DW content, site layout and story selection, as well as supervising daily reporters.


The Local; Berlin, Germany and Stockholm, Sweden


June 2009 – Present

I write for this European network of websites that reports on local news and events in English, contributing to the Swedish, German, French, Swiss, Spanish and Italian pages. I am also in charge of selecting stories, choosing visuals and laying out the site.


NPR – National Public Radio, Washington, DC

Freelance Foreign Correspondent

October 2003 – November 2011

I acted as backup correspondent for Germany and produced short news segments and longer features for the national network’s news and feature magazines, Morning Edition and All Things Considered.


Deutsche Welle Radio, Bonn, Germany

Producer/Reporter/Host, March 1999 – October 2001

Freelance Correspondent, April 2002 – June 2014

As a staffer, I co-produced the weekly hour-long magazine Inside Europe for the English service of Germany’s international broadcaster. As a freelancer, I reported on issues and produce long-form reports ranging from politics to culture. I reported from many parts of Germany, as well as from Iceland, Finland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Andorra, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria, Belarus and Cambodia.


Marketplace Radio, Los Angeles, California

Freelance Correspondent

January 2000 – September 2011

I reported and produced features and spot news for this national business program on US public radio.



Outstanding First-Year Journalism Student, University of California, Berkeley, 1997, Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, 1998, RIAS Berlin Commission, Radio Award, 2002, European Journalists Fellowship (EJF), Free University, Berlin, 2002 – 2003, Gold Medal, New York Festivals, 2007



Proficiency with audio editing programs (Adobe Audition, Audacity) and video editing platforms (iMovie, Premiere), as well as Photoshop, InDesign and various audio, photo and video editing apps.



Native English speaker. High proficiency in French and German, good knowledge of Swedish, Spanish and Dutch.



Birth Date:                       May 22, 1966 in Lubbock, Texas, USA

Citizenship:                      American, Swedish (dual)



Master of Journalism, May 1998                                  Bachelor of Arts, December 1988

University of California, Berkeley                                University of Texas, Austin

Major: French   Minor: German

References Available upon request