MP Nunan

New York, NY USA
Website: http://www.mpnunan.com
Contact

Professional Experience

Foreign affairs / international news video journalist / documentary-maker Working overseas for 17 years as a foreign correspondent and freelancer, I've covered India, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma/Myanmar and many points in between. I am also a freelance television producer/camera-person, whose current clients include UNICEF, UN Women, Global Health Frontline News (CNN) and more. My full resume and my "reel" can be found on my webpage, www.mpnunan.net.

Expertise

Correspondent
8 Years
Producer (television)
17 Years
TV Reporter
17 Years

Specialty

Politics
17 Years
War & Conflicts
17 Years
International
17 Years

Industries


Online/new media
3 Years
Other
3 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

17 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

NPR (10+), BBC (10+), CBC (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

CNBC (10+), VOA (10+)

Other Work History

I have freelanced for a variety of news organizations; too many to list here.

Technical Skills

Final Cut Pro, Motion

Foreign Language Skills

French, Spanish, basic Bahasa Indonesia; taxi-and-menu Thai.

Unions

None

Computer Skills

All the basics.

Equipment

Sony HD-Z1 camera

Work Permits & Visas

I'm a US citizen.

References

Available upon request.

Work Samples

Humor / Comedy

(The Huffington Post 11/29/2010)
A comedic look at the latest leak by Wikileaks, which proves that the US is the "Alpha Female" of global politics, and that high school never ends.
(The Huffington Post 10/10/2012)
A funny look at the national flu afflicting many in the US, and beyond, in the final weeks of the 2012 presidential election.
(The Huffington Post 12/6/2010)
A satirical jab at the self-proclaimed "whistleblower," Wikileaks, in the wake of its decisions to release private diplomatic cables from the US government.
(The Huffington Post 2/11/2013)
A cartoon about the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
(The Huffington Post 12/19/2011)
British-American Man of Letters Christopher Hitchens meets a bevy of dictators while waiting for word as to whether there's an afterlife.
(Self 4/2/2012)
After a historic weekend that saw Burma's first free-and-fair(ish) elections since 1990, it's having second thoughts about detox.
(The Huffington Post 3/6/2012)
God is being invoked so much in the Republican primaries, that God considers throwing his hat in the ring at the Republican National Convention.
(The Huffington Post 1/13/2012)
Are you confused by the amount of cross-the-aisle policy incest going on in the Republican primaries -- and the White House? You're not alone! A political cartoon.
(The Huffington Post 9/23/2010)
A look at the United Nations General Assembly from the point of view of fashion.
(The Huffington Post 1/31/2011)
POLITICAL CARTOON, with text: You've lived for under decades of autocratic rule and you're sick of it. You may be sick of the endemic corruption in official-dom, while the government does little to innovate the economy and improve your standard of living. You may be an ethnic or religious minority that's always been shortchanged -- if not outright attacked -- by the powers-that-be -- a nettlesome hangover of the colonial past. Or you may be simply too young to remember the good ole' days your aging dictator or ruling party still brags about. That means -- you may even still live with your parents. Things are especially tough now, because you've got satellite TV and the Internet and you can see how the rest of the world lives. So you say you want a revolution? Take a look at this handy chart covering a smattering of recent revolutions, militant movements, terror groups and insurgencies to see how others have tried to topple a government!
(The Huffington Post 2/1/2011)
POLITICAL CARTOON: If Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were logging into Craiglist these days, it might look something like this.
(The Huffington Post 9/12/2011)
What conversations are *really* going on within Qaddafi's inner circle? This piece features a return of Omar, Qaddafi's loyal-ish translator.
(Self 5/17/2012)
A play-by-play of the first day of the Ratko Mladic trial in the Hague, and how it compares to the latest arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, architect of 9/11 in Guantanamo Bay. Trust me, you'll like it. HuffPo are refusing to run it, presumably because I used the word "ass."
(The Huffington Post 2/7/2011)
A video providing advice to dictators on how to stay in power. Please see text below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cQacS6hDS4 Since the Tunisian and Egyptian democracy uprisings, there's little doubt that Middle Eastern leaders have been scrambling. From Damascus to Tripoli, many are scratching their heads, wondering, Exactly how much political reform does it take to make myself look genuinely committed to the democratic process, while maintaining a firm hold on power? Perhaps not surprisingly, the political upheaval has paved the way for consultants - yes, management consultants - to help those Arab leaders navigate from the calm waters of authoritarian rule through the treacherous shoals of democratic reform. Or not. No matter what went down in Cairo, some leaders may simply not be in the mood for democracy. For them, there are "Dictator Tips" - a primer developed by one management consultant intended to help ensure the longevity of any interested regime.
(The Huffington Post 2/22/2011)
A humorous look at a conversation in Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's inner circle, as his regime crumbles.
(The Huffington Post 2/17/2011)
A humorous look at an unexpected (and indeed, fictional) twist to the democracy uprisings sweeping the Middle East.
(TrueSlant 8/25/2009)
A humorous - and yet valid - repudiation of Newsweek magazine's assertion that Great Britain wrecked the world.
(TrueSlant 11/2/2009)
A funny take on what reality television might be like if you worked in international development, aid and media in Southeast Asia. Admittedly, it's slightly inside baseball.
(TrueSlant 2/25/2010)
A humorous look at how the Olympics define the soul of a country, Canada's national identity crisis.
(TrueSlant 9/16/2009)
A humorous look at the problems Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Qaddafi had while trying to secure housing in New York City ahead of the United Nations General Assembly Meeting in September 2009.
(TrueSlant 12/22/2009)
A funny look at the year's events in world politics - 2009.
(Huffington Post 8/10/2010)
A humorous and insightful look at Naomi Campbell's testimony at the Hague, in the war-crimes trial of Charles Taylor; and Wyclef Jean's announcement that he's running for the presidency of Haiti.
(The Huffington Post 2/14/2012)
Have you noticed the whackiness shared by both Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Republican Primary candidate Rick Santorum? Both favor theocratic rule over their respective homelands -- but when they try to live together, hijinks ensue! A political cartoon.
(TrueSlant 5/9/2010)
A funny look at the presidential elections in the Philippines, May 2010.
(TrueSlant 6/15/2010)
A comical look at a possible conversation between President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, upon the "discovery" of Afghanistan's vast mineral resources.
(TrueSlant 7/16/2010)
A secret White House meeting between President Barack Obama, and Mephistopheles - the representative of the Devil.
(The Huffington Post 10/20/2010)
A humorous look at the phenomenon of celebrity assistance or branding of a humanitarian issue.
(The Huffington Post 3/18/2011)
A comedic look at President Obama's little-known relationship with Mephistopheles, representative of Satan.
(The Huffington Post 7/12/2011)
A humorous look at a possible conversation between Rupert Murdoch and his son, James Murdoch, amid the "News of the World" scandal rocking the British media and political establishment.
(HuffPo 10/20/2011)
The final - perhaps - installment of the inside-the-secret-bunker conversations between Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi and Omar, his loyal-ish translator.
(The Huffington Post 3/26/2013)
A comedic look at the rock - yes, it's a just one rock - in the holy city of Jerusalem that is the cause of centuries of warfare and the foreign policy black hole that is the Middle East.
(The Huffington Post 8/20/2010)
A funny look at the Ground Zero Mosque Controversy, in verse.
(The Huffington Post 5/22/2012)
Mitt Romney and his advisers discuss getting their hands on the Blood of Reagan, a vial of which was put on auction in the UK. (Seriously.)
(TrueSlant 7/28/2010)
Another take on a recent US foray into the Middle East - "Sex and the City 2" in light of the "Wikileaks" document leak on the war in Afghanistan. July 2010.
(The Huffington Post 12/30/2010)
A humorous look at George Clooney's efforts to save Sudan from renewed civil war.
(The Huffington Post 7/23/2017)
A humorous look at how President Obama coped with the debt ceiling talks.

Media Analysis

(The Huffington Post 11/18/2010)
From the “Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear� to the hyperbolic ranting of Fox News to the MSNBC suspension of Keith Olbermann and its aftermath, American media have been in the midst of a maelstrom lately – and the portents are not good. (And that’s even if you ignore the culture war skirmish over the Juan Williams firing!) The networks may look down on the cable news echo-chamber, but really – should they be so high and mighty? And CNN? Sigh. CNN. So gird your loins for my take on what’s gone on in the media-world of late and what it may mean. Please click on link to see the video. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mp-nunan/how-will-we-know-when-ame_b_785676.html
(7/11/2011)
Why Wikileaks should be named Wikihacks -- from Hacking himself!
(www.mpnunan.tumblr.com 6/14/2011)
A humorous - and yet serious - take on Henry Kissinger's appearances on television to stump for his China book - including "The Colbert Report."
(The Huffington Post 4/28/2011)
A commentary on the ridiculous decision by Thomson Reuters to fire one war reporter and and reprimand another for a chatroom remark.
(TrueSlant 1/16/2010)
A look at media coverage in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake.
(TrueSlant 9/9/2009)
An analysis of the lives of "fixers" - the assistants to foreign correspondents - in light of the abduction in Afghanistan of a New York Times reporter, and the death of his "fixer."
(TrueSlant 1/27/2010)
An examination on which of the late night comedians has the best grasp of foreign policy. Please refer to the URL's for the videos.
(TrueSlant 8/12/2009)
An analysis of the behind-the-scenes work done by the journalists who turn around the bulk of television news - the agency staffers.
(www.mpnunan.tumblr.com 6/21/2011)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbS1O-fCIrc A video tribute to the evangelical zeal that must be sustained by those working or going into journalism - and not just "media." With undying respect to "The Book of Mormon's" Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Robert Lopez and Andrew Rannells.

Commentary

(HuffPo / Tumblr 10/18/2011)
Please click on the link to see the video. My take on the financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street protests, set to the trailer of the film, "Contagion." http://mpnunan.tumblr.com/post/11620517921/my-take-on-the-current-zeitgeist-the-on-going
(The Huffington Post 2/5/2013)
A letter of encouragement to former Vice President Al Gore, in light of the criticism he's taken for selling Current TV to al Jazeera.
(Self 1/15/2013)
A political cartoon on how the NRA and its tactics resembles those of an Islamic extremist group. The HuffPo refused to run this, because truly thinking outside the box is apparently verboten. The text version is available here: http://mpnunan.tumblr.com/post/42049204604/how-the-nra-resembles-an-islamic-extremist-group

Foreign Affairs analysis

(TrueSlant 3/31/2010)
An analysis of how the best of intentions by wealthy nations toward a developing country can actually do more harm than good; in this case, in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake.
(TrueSlant 5/24/2010)
A short video take on what it looked like "backstage" at the crackdown by the Thai government against "Red Shirt" protesters, in May 2010. Please refer to the URL for more context to the video. http://trueslant.com/mpnunan/2010/05/24/backstage-at-the-crackdown/
(TrueSlant 5/12/2010)
An examination of Thailand's "Dr. Seuss" politics, which boils down to a fight between "Red Shirts" and "Yellow Shirts." Please see the URL for more context to the video. May 2010. http://trueslant.com/mpnunan/2010/05/12/thailands-farcical-politics-would-be-funnier-if-they-werent-serious/
(TrueSlant 1/14/2010)
A look at the challenges facing Haiti in the wake of the earthquake, based on other disasters I have covered. One of a number of pieces I was asked to file to "contextualize" the Haiti earthquake on the day it happened, in January 2010.
(TrueSlant 1/14/2010)
A look at the challenges facing Haiti in the wake of the earthquake, based on other disasters I have covered. One of a number of pieces I was asked to file to "contextualize" the Haiti earthquake on the day it happened, in January 2010.
(TrueSlant 9/4/2009)
An examination of why the Afghanistan campaign just isn't working out - and what's missing from US media coverage.
(TrueSlant 11/16/2009)
A look at the increasingly dangerous nuclear relationship between two of the world's worst pariah states: North Korea and Burma.

Filed Stories for Television

(Personal webpage 7/21/2010)
My personal webpage, linking to a number of television news packages I shot, produced and edited - primarily as South Asia correspondent for VOA. There is also a link to my full resume/cv.

Multimedia

(Various 1/1/2007)
Multimedia editor for digital start-up, Dispatches Magazine; launch delayed pending further funding. I have a wealth of knowledge regarding digital content distribution; viral marketing; journalism and the photo and video multimedia markets based on years of effort with Dispatches. Work samples available upon request. (This page is not conducive to uploading material.)