Natalia Churikova is a broadcaster with RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service since 1995. She started as an economic correspondent with an interest in foreign policy, especially European and Euro-Atlantic integration. In 2005 she started a program “European Liberty”, which later transformed into a “Europe Connect” interactive project. The topics on which it is based upon are selected by the on-line audience and questions answered by people who have first-hand experience of living in European countries. In 2007 Natalia lead a training team as a peer-trainer on a one-year detachment from the Ukrainian Service. In Kyiv and Tbilisi bureaus she trained dozens of staff and free-lance journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, North Caucasus, Moldova, Tatarstan and Ukraine. Early in her career, she was the winner of Sander Thoenis Prize, beating out The Financial Times in London, Brussels and Frankfurt.
Central European University, MA in Economics, Kyiv State University, Faculty of Foreign Languages, MA in Philology (with distinction)
Natalia has commented on Ukrainian issues for the Czech media and has led a panel discussion on Ukraine at Forum 2000 in 2012.