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Mary Aileen D. Bacalso

Mary Aileen D. Bacalso

Mary Aileen Diez-Bacalso is a human rights activist and journalist based in Manila and contributes columns to international publications, mostly highlighting right issues in Asia.

Katharina Reny Lestari

Katharina Reny Lestari

Reny entertains a unique sense for news, which helps her see the extraordinary in ordinary situations of Church life. With 20 years of journalistic experience, each week, Reny comes out with unique stories. Her knowledge of the local language and lived experiences are added advantages to UCA News.

Ryan Dagur

Ryan Dagur

Ryan is a news hunter who enjoys indefatigable stamina to get to the bottom of stories. His interest varies from reporting ethnic minority issues in Papua to tracking down sex abuse scandals and to human rights violations. His ten years of journalist experience and knowledge of the local Church, culture, and language help him report stories with depth and factual accuracy.

Ben Joseph

Ben Joseph

Ben Joseph, a journalist of more than two decades of experience, began his profession in Mumbai. He later moved to New Delhi, Sultanate of Oman, and southern Indian cities like Chennai and Hyderabad. Ben worked with leading publications like the New Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle, Business Standard, Times of India and Muscat Daily. He writes about Asian politics and human rights issues.

Luke Hunt

Luke Hunt

Luke Hunt, a journalist of more than three decades of experience, is an expert on East Asia's socio-political issues. A columnist, author, and academic, he covers Cambodia and beyond for UCA News.

Joseph Peter Calleja

Joseph Peter Calleja

Joseph Peter Calleja, also known as Jaypee, is a lawyer and journalist based in Manila, the Philippines. Jaypee is also the editor of Paris-based Bayard publications in the Philippines and a member of the Lay-Religious Alliance of the Assumptionists. He began his association with UCA News in 2020.

Kamran Chaudhry

Kamran Chaudhry

Kamran Chaudhry, based in Lahore city, reports issues of religion, social justice and human rights from Pakistan. A journalist of more than 15 years, he also contributes videos and commentaries.

Cristian Martini Grimaldi

Cristian Martini Grimaldi

Based in Tokyo, Cristian writes about Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries. He worked for L'Osservatore Romano, the daily newspaper of Vatican state, for over a decade. He regularly contributes to major Italian newspapers and radio. His latest book is 'Japan does it better?'

John Dayal

John Dayal

John Dayal (born 2 October 1948) is a journalist and human rights activist based in New Delhi. He is secretary-general of the All India Christian Council and a past president of the All India Catholic Union. He has been outspoken in opposition to the spread of hatred between religious communities.

Stephan Uttom Rozario

Stephan Uttom Rozario

Stephan is a journalist and photographer working for UCA News based in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Armed with a post-graduation in Economics and a diploma in photography and journalism, he has been covering various contemporary issues from Bangladesh for UCA News since 2009.

Benedict Rogers

Benedict Rogers

Benedict Rogers, a rights activist and journalist is the East Asia team leader of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a rights organisation specialising in freedom of religion or belief. He received the US government’s International Religious Freedom Champion award in 2021.Based in London, Rogers writes about issues of religion and rights in Hong Kong and China, his area of specialisation.

Myron J. Pereira

Myron J. Pereira

Jesuit Father Myron Pereira, based in Mumbai, has spent more than five decades as an academic, journalist, editor and writer of fiction. He contributes regularly to UCA News on religious and socio-cultural topics.

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