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Established1982 Edit this on Wikidata (41 years ago)
Typesnonprofit organization Edit this on Wikidata
CountryUnited States
Coordinates40°52′04″N 124°05′17″W / 40.867671°N 124.087993°W / 40.867671; -124.087993Coordinates: 40°52′04″N 124°05′17″W / 40.867671°N 124.087993°W / 40.867671; -124.087993[1][2] Edit this at Wikidata Edit this on Wikidata

Internews Network,[3] now Internews, is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in California, formed in 1982. It was founded by David M. Hoffman, Kim Spencer, and Evelyn Messinger. The president and CEO is Jeanne Bourgault.

Internews Europe is an independent media development organization, based in London, United Kingdom and relying mainly on European funding. Internews Europe is chaired by Mark Stephens. One of the organization's first projects was a series of Spacebridges that connected the U.S. and Soviet Union by satellite,[4] a program that culminated with a TV series named "Capital to Capital" that aired on ABC and won an Emmy Award in 1988.[5]

In early 2015, Internews Network and Internews Europe began to integrate more closely and operate cooperatively with independent boards of directors.[6]


Internews Network is primarily supported by grants, with over 80 percent of their funding coming from the US government.[7] According to the Internews 2011 990 filings, 100% of its funding comes from public sources, making them completely dependent upon government funding, meaning that none of the private funding sources cited below any longer support Internews. Funders have included the AOL-Time Warner Foundation, the Beagle Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and others.[8] The US Agency for International Development and the US Department of State provide the overwhelming (99.98%) of funding for Internews operations per Internews 2009 990 filings.[9]

Criminal investigations[edit]

In April 2007 Russian police raided the office of the Educated Media Foundation, a section of Internews which trains journalists and fosters an independent media, as part of an investigation into its president, Manana Aslamazyan, who was accused of bringing too much cash into Russia from a visit to France.[10] Russia's Constitutional Court ruled on May 26, 2008, that charges against Manana Aslamazyan were illegal. In line with the ruling, Russia’s Interior Ministry dropped the charges and a warrant for Aslamazyan’s arrest.[11]

Internews Center for Innovation & Learning[edit]

Based in Washington, D.C., and operating globally, The Internews Center for Innovation & Learning experiments with various approaches to communication from around the world. The center intends to capturing the technological discoveries of field offices to enrich the knowledge base of the international development community as a whole.[12]

Internews' current Media Map project is the main feature of the center. In partnership with the World Bank Institute and the Brookings Institution and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation[citation needed], the Media Map project analyzes and publishes data on the interrelations between information access and outcomes in democracy and governance, economic growth, poverty reduction, human rights, gender equality, and health.


The president and CEO is Jeanne Bourgault.[13] The Board of Directors includes senior leaders from media, business and government, such as Chris Boskin, Simone Otus Coxe, founder David Hoffman, Lorne Craner, Anja Manuel, and Cristiana Falcone Sorrell.[14] National Security Advisor Susan Rice served on Internews' Board before rejoining the U.S. government.[15]


  1. ^ GRID Release 2017-05-22 (2017-05-22 ed.), 22 May 2017, doi:10.6084/M9.FIGSHARE.5032286, Wikidata Q30141628
  2. ^ GRID Release 2019-02-17 (2019-02-17 ed.), 17 February 2019, doi:10.6084/M9.FIGSHARE.7738979, GRID ID grid.501821.f, Wikidata Q61868141
  3. ^ Internews Network web site
  4. ^ "Americans and Russians 'dance to each other's music' via satellite". Christian Science Monitor. 1984-12-17. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2019-07-15.[verification needed]
  5. ^ "FDL Book Salon Welcomes David M. Hoffman, Citizens Rising: Independent Journalism and the Spread of Democracy". Shadowproof. 2013-12-21. Retrieved 2019-07-18.[verification needed]
  6. ^ "About Us | Internews". Archived from the original on 2015-08-03. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  7. ^ Keiger, Dale (June 2005). "The Long, Strange Trip of David Hoffman". Johns Hopkins Magazine. 57 (3). Retrieved 2012-01-25. He believes that media need to be independent of government control. Yet 80 percent of his organization's money comes from the U.S. government.
  8. ^ "Current Donors". Archived from the original on 2012-01-23. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  9. ^ "Internews Form 990 (2009)" (PDF). Foundation Center. p. 9. Retrieved 2012-01-26.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Police 'close' Russia foundation". BBC. April 20, 2007. Archived from the original on 2019-07-18. Retrieved 2007-04-22.
  11. ^ "Russia scraps arrest warrant for media campaigner". Reuters. May 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
  12. ^ Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine "The Internews Center for Innovation and Learning", Internews Website
  13. ^ Slavin, Peter (September 2013). "Alumni Profile: Jeanne Bourgault". Columns the University of Washington Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  14. ^ "Internews Officers and Directors". Retrieved Sep 16, 2014.
  15. ^ "Obama Names Former Internews Board Member Susan Rice to be National Security Advisor". Retrieved September 16, 2014.

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