Asia Program Coordinator
Asia: Pakistan and Afghanistan
CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Dietz, who joined CPJ in January 2006, has conducted reporting trips and CPJ missions to Afghanistan, China and Hong Kong, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Dietz has worked as a journalist in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States since 1977. He started as a freelance journalist in Tanzania, moved to Uganda after the departure of Idi Amin, and then went to Somalia in 1981. He was a cameraman and bureau chief in Cairo and Beirut for Visnews, now Reuters TV, and covered the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and its aftermath. He moved to Asia as a bureau chief for NBC News in Seoul and then in Manila, where he opened the network's bureau shortly before the downfall of the Marcos regime. Dietz moved to Hong Kong in 1995 and, after seven years as senior editor at Asiaweek magazine, returned to the U.S., where he worked with the World Health Organization, handling media relations and risk communications during the SARS and avian influenza outbreaks. WHO assignments took Dietz to Beijing, Manila, Hanoi, Geneva, New Delhi, Phnom Penh, and Indonesia's Aceh province following the December 2004 tsunami.