Brian Pellot is Taboom Media‘s founding director. Taboom’s training, mentoring, publishing, monitoring and response programs catalyze ethical journalism and public discourse around taboo human rights topics. By shining light on taboos, we aim to break their power.
Brian speaks regularly about LGBTQI+ rights and religion at media and human rights conferences around the world. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa, where he occasionally freelances for international news and media outlets.
Before Taboom, Brian served as Religion News Service‘s director of global strategy, as Index on Censorship‘s digital policy advisor, and as Free Speech Debate‘s online editor. He is a volunteer Mentor-Editor at The OpEd Project.
Brian graduated from the University of Missouri with dual degrees in International Convergence Journalism and International Studies. He completed a master’s degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship.