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About us

Team

The organizational structure of Factcheck.bg includes a Project Manager, Partnership Coordinator, Editor, Database Consultant, Social Media Manager and four journalists.

The editor has editorial control over all content published on Factcheck.bg. The journalists conduct the fact checks and write the articles which are edited by the editor before appearing on the site. Decisions about which claims to check, how they are checked and how the fact checks are written are made jointly by the journalists and the editor.

The Project Manager is responsible for the financial, legal and technical sustainability of the project. She also leads the long-term strategy of Factcheck.bg. The Partnerships Coordinator is responsible for the project's external relations with donors and partner organizations. The Database Consultant supports the team in their technology- and data-related investigations. The Social Media Manager helps promote published fact checks and the broader mission of Factcheck.bg.

Project Manager

Kristina Hristova

Kristina Hristova is a president of the Media Literacy Coalition. Until September 2018, she is the director of the Red House Center for Culture and Debate. Kristina is one of the founders and president of the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria from November 2010 until September 2016. For many years she was leading the website of the daily Dnevnik, dedicated to European issues – Europe.Dnevnik. For her work as a journalist on European issues, she has been awarded three times by the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria with the Robert Schumann Award, in the category of internet media. She holds a degree in International Relations from Sofia, Political Science and Political Sociology in Paris.

Contact: kristina [at] aej-bulgaria.org

Kristina Hristova

Kristina Hristova is a president of the Media Literacy Coalition. Until September 2018, she is the director of the Red House Center for Culture and Debate. Kristina is one of the founders and president of the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria from November 2010 until September 2016. For many years she was leading the website of the daily Dnevnik, dedicated to European issues – Europe.Dnevnik. For her work as a journalist on European issues, she has been awarded three times by the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria with the Robert Schumann Award, in the category of internet media. She holds a degree in International Relations from Sofia, Political Science and Political Sociology in Paris.

Contact: kristina [at] aej-bulgaria.org

Partnership Coordinator

Maria Cheresheva

Maria Cheresheva is a member of the Management Board and is among the founders of the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria. A freelance journalist currently. She started her career in 2008 in the European portal of Dnevnik.bg, and since then she has worked with numerous Bulgarian and international publications. Among them are Balkan Insight, OCCRP, ZDF, Deutsche Welle, BBC, Ethical Journalism Network, etc. She studied European Studies in Sofia and Maastricht, the Netherlands, and did an internship in the Media Monitoring Department of the European Parliament's Directorate-General for Communication.

Contact: maria [at] aej-bulgaria.org

Maria Cheresheva

Maria Cheresheva is a member of the Management Board and is among the founders of the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria. A freelance journalist currently. She started her career in 2008 in the European portal of Dnevnik.bg, and since then she has worked with numerous Bulgarian and international publications. Among them are Balkan Insight, OCCRP, ZDF, Deutsche Welle, BBC, Ethical Journalism Network, etc. She studied European Studies in Sofia and Maastricht, the Netherlands, and did an internship in the Media Monitoring Department of the European Parliament's Directorate-General for Communication.

Contact: maria [at] aej-bulgaria.org

Social Media and Media Partnerships Manager

Fani Bachvarova

Fani Bachvarova is a digital media specialist, journalist and co-founder of Motif Media, covering documentary stories on human rights, environmental protection, inequality and access to education. She works for international organizations such as WWF, UNICEF, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria. She holds a master's degree in business and media from Erasmus University of Rotterdam, a master's degree in journalism from Sofia University and a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of National and World Economy.

Fani Bachvarova

Fani Bachvarova is a digital media specialist, journalist and co-founder of Motif Media, covering documentary stories on human rights, environmental protection, inequality and access to education. She works for international organizations such as WWF, UNICEF, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria. She holds a master's degree in business and media from Erasmus University of Rotterdam, a master's degree in journalism from Sofia University and a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of National and World Economy.

Development Advisor

Matthew Brunwasser

Journalist Matthew Brunwasser is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2020-21) researching disinformation in Bulgaria and working with the team of Factcheck.bg. He has been living and working in the Balkans for 20 years. Specializing in investigative journalism, human rights and international affairs, he has reported and produced stories from 30 countries in Europe, the ex-USSR, Africa and the Middle East for more than 40 international print, radio, online and television media including regular reports for The New York Times and The World broadcast nationally on U.S. public radio. He was an Investigative Reporting Fellow at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He has also taught university-level investigative journalism courses in Bulgaria and Kosovo and advised international donors on media development projects in Eastern Europe. http://matthewbrunwasser.com/

Matthew Brunwasser

Journalist Matthew Brunwasser is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2020-21) researching disinformation in Bulgaria and working with the team of Factcheck.bg. He has been living and working in the Balkans for 20 years. Specializing in investigative journalism, human rights and international affairs, he has reported and produced stories from 30 countries in Europe, the ex-USSR, Africa and the Middle East for more than 40 international print, radio, online and television media including regular reports for The New York Times and The World broadcast nationally on U.S. public radio. He was an Investigative Reporting Fellow at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He has also taught university-level investigative journalism courses in Bulgaria and Kosovo and advised international donors on media development projects in Eastern Europe. http://matthewbrunwasser.com/