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Henok Fente

Executive Director-Media Development

Henok is an Ethiopian-American journalist and media educator with 15-years of experience in international reporting, media development, creating and managing youth broadcasts. He is the Executive Director of MERSA Media Institute which he founded in Washington, DC to help create vibrant, responsible and independent press, professional unions and education centers through research, capacity building and institutional support in Africa.
He had worked at Voice of America (2007-2018) where he had created a 30-minute multimedia youth show, Gabina VOA – a program that he hosted and edited for three years. He also worked as a reporter and host of news magazine shows in multiple languages for an African audience.
As a media educator at Voice of America, Henok had designed media training projects funded by U.S. government agencies in partnership with the Broadcasting Board of Governors and others.
In Nigeria  had designed and implemented a training on business and entrepreneurial journalism for young reporters in Kano, Nigeria where the terror group Boko Haram had been active and destructive. In Ethiopia, and Kenya he had conducted humanitarian reporting and multimedia reporting workshops.
Henok had served as an executive fellow at U.S. House of Representatives. His responsibilities included providing policy briefs on Africa and helping in the re-authorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act. 
In Addis Ababa, he had worked as a reporter for several local and international media writing on a range of issues from the front page to sports, arts and culture. He is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School.