Viola Gienger is a senior editor/writer for USIP, managing the Olive Branch blog on the Institute’s web site as well as reporting and writing on issues related to the Institute’s work in the U.S. and abroad. Gienger has more than 25 years of experience as a news reporter and editor, most recently covering the State Department and the Pentagon for Bloomberg News. Before joining Bloomberg in 2003, Viola spent seven years in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Living in Belarus, Poland and Bosnia, she trained and consulted for independent media around the region under privately funded programs such as the Knight International Press Fellowship and for USAID-funded projects, and then worked for two years as a freelance journalist based in Sarajevo.
She has reported from more than 30 countries, including in the Middle East and Asia, and has served as a guest and moderator on Voice of America’s weekly Issues in the News current affairs program. Her ventures in foreign reporting started with the former AP-Dow Jones News Service in London in the 1980s, and her freelance work has been published in The Chicago Tribune, Newhouse’s Religion News Service, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Transitions Online and Al-Monitor. She serves as a judge in national and regional journalism competitions and organizes professional development events as a member of the National Press Club and Journalism & Women Symposium.