World Press Freedom Day 2016
Global Forum for Media Development United Nations Representative (United States of America)
Bill Orme is a writer, editor, and specialist in international media and strategic communications. He recently rejoined the GFMD as its UN representative in New York to work on the Agenda post-2015. Orme was UNDP’s head of External Communications from 2002 to 2006, serving as the agency’s chief spokesman and overseeing its press relations and advocacy campaigns globally and in UN country offices.
From 1992 to 1998, Orme was executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), for his work at the CPJ, Orme received the First Amendment Award from the U.S. Society of Professional Journalists. He returned to daily journalism as a Middle East correspondent for the New York Times from 1998-2001 and UN bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times from 2001-02. Before joining CPJ, Orme worked for ten years Latin America as a correspondent for the Washington Post, the Economist, Time and other publications.