Nearly 20 years of experience in journalism, from local press to national media. Has worked with, and in, Russia and the former Soviet Union for 15 years. Graduated Bachelor of journalism from Oslo Metropolitan University, Russian language from the University of Oslo. Journalistic experience from public broadcasting NRK, the online newspaper High North News, regional Nordlys, and the national newspapers Dagsavisen, Aftenposten, and Dagbladet, among others. Has specialized expertise in Arctic society and politics, human rights and freedom of expression, and east-west relations. Has long worked with media freedom and the safety of journalists and the conditions for critical and investigative journalism. Chairman of Barents Press Norway.