Brian Pellot is Director of Global Strategy at Religion News Service and Religion News Foundation. He is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, where he occasionally freelances for international news and media outlets.
Beyond journalism, Brian organizes and leads media development trainings and workshops aimed at improving reporting coverage of taboo topics including LGBTQI+ rights and religion. He speaks regularly about these issues at media and human rights conferences around the world.
Before joining RNS/RNF, Brian served as Index on Censorship‘s Digital Policy Advisor in London and Free Speech Debate‘s Online Editor in Oxford, UK. He is a volunteer Mentor-Editor at The OpEd Project.
Brian graduated from the University of Missouri in 2010 with dual degrees in International Convergence Journalism and International Studies. In July 2012, he finished a master’s degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship.