Brian Pellot is Director of Global Strategy at Religion News Service (RNS) and Religion News Foundation (RNF). He has worked and reported from more than 50 countries and currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Brian’s writing has appeared in the Daily Beast, Washington Post, Huffington Post, USA Today, Inter Press Service, Foreign Policy, Religion News Service and dozens of other publications.

Before joining RNF, Brian was digital policy advisor at Index on Censorship in London and online editor at Free Speech Debate in Oxford, UK. He studied international convergence journalism and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Missouri and earned an MPhil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University. He is the author of “Covering Sexual and Gender Minorities & Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Reporting Guide for Journalists.” Brian currently leads RNF’s international media training workshops and speaks regularly about freedom of expression and religious freedom at media and human rights conferences around the world.