This blog belongs to Viktor Kovalenko – a former Ukraine’s journalist.
Graduated from Kyiv Shevchenko University in 1994 in Ukraine with a MA in journalism, I had a great career in Ukrainian broadcasting news at 1+1 TV, Novy TV, Espreso TV and FM radio Era. In 2003-2005, I also was a visiting lecturer in international journalism in my Alma Mater.
In 2006, I gained experience in PR as a senior PR manager of the press service of the President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko, and developed this career path further in 2008-2010, working for international PR agencies.
In 2011-2012, I was a volunteer producer of the local Ukrainian version of the U.S. Catholic television EWTN in Kyiv.
In 2014, when Russia started war against Ukraine, I was conscripted to the Ukrainian army, as an active duty Sr. Lt. With the 40th battalion I took part in combat against combined Russian separatist forces. I wrote more than 20 stories from the front line, which were published in the ‘Ukrainian Week’ magazine (version in Ukrainian) and became known as the ‘Diary of Debaltseve’ (version in English). I communicated this war for leading Western media like Financial Times (interview), Washington Post (interview), British ITV News (interview), British BBC Radio 4 (interview), Ireland’s RTE Radio 1 (interview). Later I was certified as a military press officer by the Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense.
Since 2016, I live in the U.S. and looking for new job opportunities, in particular in media, think tanks, marketing.
All posts in this blog reflect author’s personal opinion. This blog also has posts in the Ukrainian language, published in 2010-2014.
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