Thomas Loudon, MA
Thomas Loudon holds a Masters degree in history from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands and a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, USA.
He was the first Dutch correspondent based in Iran since the 1979 revolution. He was also the first Dutch correspondent to work as a video journalist. He saw the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York on TV in his Tehran office and immediately realized that the world and the region he worked in were in for some stormy weather. After three years in Iran Thomas moved to Egypt and later to Jordan. He worked as a video journalist for the Dutch public news NOS, but he also contributed to CNN, BBC, Canal 13 in Chile, Asia TV in Singapore and many more.
Apart from being a journalist he is a media entrepreneur, specialized in developing innovative media concepts. He founded the international media organization VJ Movement, which produces context and analysis pieces in video from all over the globe. The global network of journalists he created shows differing perspectives on world issues to the audience. He is also the founder the Cartoon Movement, which does the same as the VJ Movement, but in editorial cartoons and comics journalism.
Thomas taught television journalism at the Rijks Universiteit Groningen, where he will be teaching again for the international master students in the spring of 2013.
Thomas is fluent in five languages.