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Carl Nasman

What do I strive to be as a journalist? I strive to be honest, critical, accurate and never boring.

Born in:
Berkeley, California

Languages:
English, Spanish, German

Degrees/Journalistic experience:
Journalism master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Previously reported for PBS NewsHour, Time.com, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Global Post. Produced a documentary about Athens’ underground mosques for AJ+.

With DW since:
2014

Favorite quote:
"On Twitter we get excited if someone follows us. In real life we get scared and run away."

My personal hero:
Ira Glass. For finding and telling the most interesting stories I’ve ever heard.

What do I strive to be as a journalist?
I strive to be honest, critical, accurate and never boring.

7 images that I can’t get out of my head
1. When I first moved to Europe I shared an 8-square-meter dorm room in Amsterdam. I lived in a student flat with 17 people - and hundreds of mice - but I still loved it! The image of the city’s canals glistening in the night still stays with me and makes me think of the start of my life in Europe.

2. I will always remember the excited faces of my students as they launched a youth
radio podcast in Honduras. They came from disadvantaged homes and I was proud
to watch them discover they had the power to speak out against violence in their
country.

3. While filming a documentary in Athens, I interviewed a Pakistani mother whose teenage son was killed by the far-right Golden Dawn party. I’ll never forget when she collapsed in grief at the street corner where her son was stabbed.

4. I started my career as sports reporter at a small TV station near New York City. I hired a company to create a demo tape for me to apply for my dream job. I’ll never forget that video. I was so terrible on camera, that there wasn’t a single second of me in it! The company had completely cut me out of my own demo tape.

5. When my favorite baseball team, the San Francisco Giants, finally won the World Series the entire city went nuts. Picture this: fans everywhere, parties in the streets and people climbing light polls. There's no real baseball in Europe, so I still think back to celebrating in the streets with my friends amid fireworks and mayhem.

6. My first international TV news report investigated tooth decay in El Salvador. The images still make me sad: rows of painful, rotting teeth in the mouths of young kids. The problem came from the sugary sodas that American companies sell as cheap as water.

7. For me, the most beautiful view in the world is from the hills of my home town in Berkeley, California. When I was in high school I used to sit in a tree and gaze out at the Golden Gate Bridge as the fog rolled in. I love Germany, but there’s no place like home.

Follow me on Twitter @carlnasman