Aida Cerkez

Aida Cerkez has spent the past 30 years sharing stories of her homeland in Bosnia, whether through times of war or peace. During the Bosnian War from 1992 to 1995, she initially assisted foreign journalists. However, she later took matters into her own hands and began crafting these stories herself. For 24 years, she served as a correspondent and subsequently as the Sarajevo bureau chief for the Associated Press. In 2017, she assumed the role of editor for the OCCRP, an investigative journalism network.

Cerkez’s outstanding work led her to receive the Gramling Award in 1995, recognizing her for overseeing the best AP media operation globally. Her stories have graced the pages of numerous media outlets worldwide, including the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, The Independent, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, and others.

She holds a master’s degree in Media and Peace Studies from Viadrina University in Frankfurt, Germany.