Stuart J. Sia is a multi-platform journalist who is passionate about health, humanitarian and human rights stories around the world. He speaks English, German, Setswana, some Afrikaans and Swahili, and is learning French, Portuguese and Spanish. Samples of his work can be found on Northattan.com, the Columbia Journalist, and the New York World.
Sia completed his MS in broadcast journalism under the tutelage of Betsy West and Edward Schumacher-Matos at Columbia Journalism School in May of this year. He will finish his MPH in population & family health with a concentration in sexuality & health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2014.
Though he grew up in the greater Los Angeles area, Sia spent his senior year of high school in Weingarten, Germany as a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholar. He returned to Los Angeles for college, graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in urban & regional studies.
Sia has over 7 years of experience in public health in both rural and urban settings. He served with the Peace Corps in the small village of Mogobane in Botswana, where he taught health education at the secondary school and worked with people with disabilities at the clinic. As a secondary project, Sia authored “There Is No Word For Grammar In Setswana,” a grammar book of the Setswana language. The book has been published by the Peace Corps, and continues to be used in the training of volunteers.