Nearly 20 years of experience in journalism, from local press to national media. Has worked with, and in, Russia and the former Soviet Union for ten years.
Graduated bachelor of journalism from OsloMet University, Russian language from the University of Oslo.
Has specialized expertise in Arctic society and politics, human rights and freedom of expression and east-west relations.
Background from communication work in the human rights organization Human Rights House Foundation. Has long worked with media freedom and the safety of journalists and the conditions for critical and investigative journalism.
Chairman of Barents Press Norway.
Football referee. Brews Arctic beer as a leisure activity and is a proud garden sauna owner.