Brian Pellot is Director of Global Strategy at Religion News Service and Religion News Foundation. He is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, where he occasionally freelances for international news and media outlets.
Beyond journalism, Brian organizes and leads media development trainings and workshops aimed at improving reporting coverage of taboo topics including LGBTQI+ rights and religion. He speaks regularly about these issues at media and human rights conferences around the world.
Before joining RNS/RNF, Brian served as Index on Censorship‘s Digital Policy Advisor in London and Free Speech Debate‘s Online Editor in Oxford, UK. He is a volunteer Mentor-Editor at The OpEd Project.
He studied international convergence journalism at the University of Missouri and received an MPhil as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford researching queer community identity formation in the Middle East.