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Heidi
Taksdal Skjeseth
US correspondent, Dagsavisen
Country of Origin: 
Norway
Sponsor: 
Fritt Ord
Date of Fellowship: 
Hilary and Trinity terms 2017
Research Paper Title: 
The rise of Donald Trump and the role of the media

Heidi Taksdal Skjeseth has been the US correspondent for Dagsavisen, a leading Norwegian daily, since 2010. She covered the 2012 and the 2016 presidential campaigns, as well as issues including inequality, race and culture in the US, and diplomacy and international affairs at the United Nations. While based in the US, she has also covered Latin American politics, including the Brazilian elections and political crisis, the changing US-Cuba relations and the Colombian peace process. She has broad international experience, and has reported from some 40 countries. Before moving to the US, she worked at RadioRakel, a feminist community radio in Oslo. She listens to more podcasts than she has time for, often while running.

She holds an MA in journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where she focused on politics and wrote about the geopolitics of oil and gas. She also holds an MA in International Politics from Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she wrote her thesis on tax havens and the global economy.  She speaks Norwegian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Research Paper Title: 
The rise of Donald Trump and the role of the media