Miodrag Savic is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who helped revamp Serbia's leading independent news agency.
A graduate of the University of Belgrade, Savic was a Belgrade-based correspondent for The Associated Press for more than 15 years. Savic covered Southeastern Europe, including the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, post-conflict developments, and the region’s economic recovery.
Throughout the 1990’s, he reported in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo and Macedonia and produced in-depth coverage of Serbia. Savic also did editorial work with local stringers and the AP’s central desk and coordinated with AP subscribers worldwide.
Savic and his Belgrade bureau colleagues won the 2000 AP Managing Editors Award for deadline reporting that climaxed with the October 5 uprising in the Serbian capital that toppled the regime of Slobodan Milosevic. In 2005, he worked on AP’s international desk in New York, selecting and editing news items from the United States and Canada for clients overseas.
In 2007, Savic joined the multilingual, web-based Balkan Business News (BBN) as the chief editor. At BBN, he helped establish a unique Balkan network of business correspondents and coordinated competitive, real-time coverage of 12 countries in the region, from Slovenia in the northwest to Turkey in the southeast. He oversaw BBN’s rapid expansion from a local news provider to a primary source of business intelligence in Southeastern Europe.