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Margarita Simonyan

Russia Today
In 2005 Margarita Simonyan was named editor in chief of Russia Today, Russia’s first 24/7 English-language news channel. After the launch of RT Arabic in 2007 and RT Spanish in 2009, she became editor in chief of the global multilingual television news network RT.

Under Margarita’s helm, RT became the only Russian TV network to garner two International Emmy nominations for news coverage, took gold at Monte-Carlo TV Festival, as well as dozens of other media awards and accolades. In just 8 years, the network’s reach grew to nearly 650 million viewers in 100+ countries around the world. RT also took the lead place on YouTube, as the first TV news channel in history to cross the 1 billion views mark on the platform.

Prior to heading up RT, Margarita had reported from Chechnya during the Second Chechen Campaign, from the Beslan School Siege, and from Abkhazia, and she has received several awards for journalism for her work. http://rt.com/about-us/management/