Meet the UN Radio, English Unit team
Daniel Dickinson is a born and bred Londoner but started his radio career pounding the streets of York, Cheltenham and Birmingham in the UK as a trainee reporter on BBC Local Radio. He then worked for BBC network stations before moving to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as a BBC stringer where he spent a great deal of time playing on the beach with his two children. After 6 years of the easy life his wife told him to "stop slacking and get a proper job," so the family packed up and moved to Nairobi, Kenya where Daniel worked in humanitarian aid as an information officer for the European Commission. He joined UN Radio in New York in 2010. When he is not broadcasting about the inspiring work of the United Nations he fills his free time talking Chelsea FC with his son and exploring donut shops in Brooklyn with his teenage daughter. He also enjoys exploring New York's ever-evolving and delicious craft beer scene, (sensibly leaving his daughter at home).
Matthew Wells grew up in the north of England, and then moved south as a young teenager to attend high school and university, only to find himself back in the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales for his first real job: a cub-reporter on the Darlington & Stockton Times. A stint at The Northern Echo, was followed by a job at the BBC Newsnight TV show, before he found his spiritual home in radio, working for BBC Radio 4's iconic news and current affairs shows, PM and The World At One. After starting a new Sunday morning programme with the whimsical title of Broadcasting House, he became a hard-bitten editor of Channel 4 News, before tiring of London and heading to New York City to be a BBC foreign correspondent. After meeting a wonderful girl from Michigan, and acquiring a modest home in Brooklyn – together with two energetic children – the time was right to knock on the door of UN Radio in late 2015, in the same week that the Pope arrived at UN headquarters. Matthew is a life-long choral singer; a keen cyclist; and inveterate bon-viveur; who is delighted to be part of the UN Radio team as it embraces new ways of telling remarkable UN stories to the wider-world.
Jocelyne Sambira was born in Paris, grew up in the United States, lived in Romania under Ceausescu, went to college and got her first journalism job in her native Burundi. Always on the go, she has covered most of Sub-Saharan Africa as well as parts of West Africa for the United Nations. Having survived the Rwandan genocide and covered several conflict and post-conflict countries, she is passionate about using new technology to reach and inform people in crisis situations better and faster. She is currently in New York where she produces daily news content on the organization and its work, including but not limited to the Security Council briefings and the annual General Assembly debate.
Dianne Penn is from The Bahamas where she grew up listening to ‘This Week at the United Nations’ during Sunday dinner. She worked as a newspaper reporter in the capital, Nassau, for five years. Dianne joined the UN while studying at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), and has worked in several UN Departments and also spent a year at the organization's peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She joined UN Radio through an internal examination for staff. Dianne is a fan of the Portuguese language and hopes to visit all the Lusophone countries.
Sandra Guy hails from Uberaba in Brazil. Her first job at the United Nations was with the Guided Tours Unit. During her stint as a UN Guide, she enjoyed daily contact with the visiting public at United Nations headquarters. For the past 20 years Sandra has been working at United Nations Radio, where she enjoys putting together the daily programme with her colleagues. She also enjoys receiving and processing feedback from UN Radio partners and listeners from around the world.
Ana Carmo was born and raised in the unique light of Lisbon, Portugal. She is a journalist living in New York since 2010. After studying Communication and Media in Lisbon and Milan, she worked as a publicist and communications associate for artists and cultural organizations. When Ana moved to New York, she started writing about the art scene in NY and published several articles in Portuguese newspapers and magazines. She also collaborated with the Portuguese International TV Channel RTPi before joining UN Radio in 2013. Since joining the United Nations, she worked for both the English and the Portuguese Units of UN Radio and for the Office of Human Resources Management. Her marketing vein makes her particularly interested in new ways of promoting the work UN Radio produces. In a parallel universe, she enjoys helping her husband producing films and she still dedicates most of her free time to music and arts.
Carmen Cuesta Roca grew up in Britain, but spent a lot of her childhood with her extended family in Spain. She developed a love for language-learning at a young age and pursued an undergraduate degree at St Andrews in Scotland, in French and International Relations. She is currently a graduate student in journalism and Francophone studies at NYU. For her Master's thesis, she travelled to Haiti to report on the role of community radio in the country. Since then she has been eager to progress as a radio journalist, producing a podcast for the NYU Development Research Institute before coming to intern for UN Radio. Out of the office she loves to cycle around Brooklyn and play Ultimate Frisbee. She's a serious podcast junkie and spends far too much time imagining how everyday situations would work as podcast episodes.