Staff

Nicky Blackburn

Nicky Blackburn

Editor and Israel Director

Nicky Blackburn has worked extensively as a journalist and editor both in Britain and Israel for a range of national and international publications including The Cambridge Evening News, London News, Travel Weekly, Israel High Tech Investor, and The Times of London.

She was the Associate Editor at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine, and the High-Tech Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post.






Abigail Klein Leichman

Writer and Associate Editor

Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984.







Karin Kloosterman

Associate Editor

Karin Kloosterman lives in Jaffa, Israel. She is a journalist, writer and blogger who focuses on the environment and clean technology from Israel and the Middle East. Published in hundreds of newspapers around the world, Karin also writes for the Huffington Post and Green Prophet.







Viva Sarah Press

Associate Editor

Viva Sarah Press is an associate editor at ISRAEL21c. She has extensive experience in reporting/editing in the print, online and broadcast fields. She has jumped out of a plane, ducked rockets and been attacked by a baboon all in the name of a good story. Her work has been published by international media outlets including Israel Television, CNN, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post and Time Out.

Viva was born in Canada and immigrated to Israel in 1998. She is the mother of three energetic children. When time permits, she’s an avid traveler, recreational photographer and a Scrabble fan always on the lookout for a good seven-letter word.


Contributors

Brian Blum

Brian has been a journalist and high-tech entrepreneur for over 20 years. He combines this expertise for ISRAEL21c and Israelity as he writes about hot new local startups, pharmaceutical advances, scientific discoveries, culture, the arts and daily life in Israel. He loves hiking the country with his family (and blogging about it). Originally from California, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.

Daniel Ben-Tal

Daniel Ben-Tal has been an Israel-based writer, editor and journalist for over 24 years. His career has spanned periods as a writer and supplement editor for the Jerusalem Post, reporter for the Associated Press and copy editor for the English version of Haaretz newspaper. Daniel has also penned hundreds of features for a range of international and Israeli publications, including Britain’s Guardian, Independent and Jewish Chronicle, Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine LINK and several Jewish publications in the U.S. Born and raised in Wales, he immigrated to Israel in 1975.

Moshe Cohen

Moshe Cohen is a videographer and a producer, working as a freelancer for a variety of domestic and foreign TV companies in Israel. Since 1989 he worked as a video editor for documentaries, news and promotional videos. In the last 10 years (2002-2012) he worked on the staff at CNN – Jerusalem bureau.

Michael Grynszpan

Michael Grynszpan is a French-Israeli filmmaker. Born in Paris, he studied Film and Television at Tel Aviv University. He worked as a reporter and TV journalist in Israel for International channels. He directed several documentary movies, among them “The Forgotten Refugees”, an Award Winning Documentary about the history of Jews from Arab Countries. 50 minutes. Translated in 7 languages and screened all over the world. Broadcasted twice prime time on Israel Channel 1 (Arutz 1), PBS network all over the USA, in South America and on the Russian Channel RTVi. Two special screenings of “The Forgotten Refugees” also took place at the UN in Geneva and at the American Congress in Washington DC.

Sally Halon

Sally Halon

Sally grew up in South Wales and immigrated to Israel in 1982 with her family. Together with her colleague Marian Lebor at Lebor-Halon Films, she specializes in filming and editing short films for TV and internet, mainly for non-profit organizations. She is also a professional translator and English narrator.

Marian Lebor

Marian is a freelance filmmaker and writer. Originally from London, she immigrated to Israel with her family in 1994. She met Sally Halon at a cinematography course in 2003 and they have been working together ever since, producing films mainly for non-profit organizations. Marian also writes for a variety of English language publications in Israel and the UK.