«Class of 2009

Abebe Gellaw

Abebe Gellaw ('09)

editor-in-chief, Addis Voice/Addisvoice.com (London), (Yahoo! International Fellow)

Abebe Gellaw was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Addis Ababa University and a post-graduate diploma from London Metropolitan University. He began his career in journalism in 1993 as a freelance writer focusing on human rights and political issues. In 1995, he was one of the founders and editors of an independent, biweekly newspaper, Addis Express, which by early 1996, was forced to close down by the government. From 1996-1998, he was a senior reporter and columnist for the Ethiopian Herald, the only English daily in the country. In late 1998, he was exiled to London. He started his work in London as a radio producer and broadcaster for Health Africa. Then from 2000-2004, he was the managing editor of New Vision, a UK-based refugee e-journal. Since 2005, he has been a regular contributor and columnist for major Ethiopian cyber media outlets such as Ethiomedia.com, Nazret.com and Abugida.com. In 2006, Addis Voice, a popular Ethiopian online current affairs journal in Amharic and English, was launched and he became its founding editor. He has received many awards including, winning an international journalism training award at Reuters Foundation in 1998. He also received a Champions of Change Millennium Award in 2002 for his contributions to refugee media development in the UK. He received a British Telecom Community Connections Award that same year for his work in creating a cyber network for the refugee community in the UK. In 2007, he was honored by the UK branch of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy in Ethiopia for his commendable journalism and advocacy endeavors.

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