About DailyChatter

DailyChatter is an international daily newsletter whose sole mission is to help people know the world better. We search for meaning and context in this immensely complex world and filter what we’re hearing through our staff of deeply experienced journalists based in Europe, Asia and the United States. DailyChatter is proudly non-partisan and completely independent of all other media. We are privately owned, subscription-based newsletter. Our sole loyalty is to our subscribers.

We don’t slow you down with an onslaught of lists and links like most email newsletters. Instead, we research the most extensive array of global news sources every day and send you a smart, succinct summary that is easily read on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer.

Our goal each morning is to enlighten you on some of the most important developments taking place around the world so you will be smarter and better informed. DailyChatter is exclusively dedicated to international news. We do not cover US politics, sports or entertainment.

Here are a few other things you’ll want to know about DailyChatter:

The newsletter will arrive in your mailbox at 6AM U.S. Eastern time every Monday through Friday, 52 weeks a year.

In our writing and analysis, we do not lean left or right. We try very hard to see the world as it is and with an awareness of how history has shaped current events.

We charge only $27.95 for an annual subscription, a price that even our own subscribers tell us is too small. That amounts to about 10 cents per edition of DailyChatter. Our goal is to ensure that DailyChatter is affordable to everyone. We hope you’ll agree that’s an amazing bargain for the exceptional insight we provide into the most important developments happening around the world.

Your first two weeks are free, so if you’re not happy with DailyChatter you can cancel your subscription at any time during those initial 14 days. We’re confident that DailyChatter will become a valuable and highly anticipated part of your morning.

Background and Mission

DailyChatter has its origin in the international news site GlobalPost which was founded and run by DailyChatter’s CEO and Co-Executive Editor Philip S. Balboni.. “Chatter” was GlobalPost’s daily newsletter with a distinctive voice and a strong narrative summary of the site’s most important and interesting stories. Mr. Balboni kept the rights to “Chatter” when he sold GlobalPost to the WGBH Educational Foundation in late October 2015.

In a world filled with crisis, complexity, and conflict, and with global economic forces binding nations as never before, to be an informed human being is both harder and more important than it has ever been. Yet we are frenetically busy, working longer and harder than ever and swamped by information, much of it noise.

DailyChatter’s sole mission is to help you meet the challenge of knowing what is important and to do that with a newsletter that is easy to read and that doesn’t demand too much of your time. That’s why our slogan is “The World in Two Minutes”. Let us say for the record, however, that we do not expect anyone to read DailyChatter in just two minutes. That’s merely a way of expressing succinctly that we get to the point and respect your time.

Our commitment is to be your informed, impartial and concise guide to the world every weekday and to do so without ever losing sight of our humanity.

We look forward to having you with us.

About the Subscription

We’ve made DailyChatter incredibly affordable — just $27.95 a year — because we care deeply about expanding your knowledge of the important developments happening each day around the world. At a cost of just $2.33 a month, or about 10 cents an edition, there’s no smarter investment you can make.

Better still, the first two weeks of the newsletter are free. If you aren’t impressed with DailyChatter, you can cancel your subscription at any time during the first two weeks and your credit card will not be charged. We’re confident that you’ll find yourself looking forward to each day’s edition with its special insight and perspective on vital international news events.

A few words on the business of journalism. We have chosen a subscription-based model because the history of the past decade has proven that giving news away for “free” has been a disaster for publishers. In addition, advertising is no longer able to be a principal financial support for a quality news mission. Even worse, consumers of online news are increasingly turned off by the advertising they find on the web. They’re intrusive and often irrelevant; they interfere with the reading experience, and the data collected often offends people’s privacy concerns.

It’s ironic that here in the early 21st century, it is the original 18th century business model for journalism that seems to work best. Once again, readers paying a subscription fee or newsstand price for the news they consume is “the” essential value proposition and DailyChatter adopted it from the outset.

We have only one mission and that is to make you better informed about the world, and only one allegiance which is to you, our subscribers.

Sign up today and your first 2 weeks are free!

Key Personnel

Philip S. Balboni, Founder, CEO, and Executive Editor

Mr. Balboni is a veteran of more than 50 years in print, broadcast, cable, and digital journalism. Before creating DailyChatter, he was the Founder, President, and CEO of GlobalPost, the highly acclaimed international news site he launched in 2008, and the Founder and President of NECN, the largest and most honored regional cable news network in the US, which he launched in 1992 and led for 16 years. Mr. Balboni has a long history in television news and was the creator and founding Executive Producer of the nightly news magazine Chronicle, begun in 1982 and still broadcasting nightly on Boston’s WCVB-TV, and was also the station’s Vice President of News and Editorial Director. He has been the direct or leadership recipient of nearly every major award in American journalism including multiple Peabody, duPont-Columbia, Murrow, and Emmy awards along with awards from the Overseas Press Club, the National Press Club, and the Chinese news agency Xinhua. For nearly 20 years, he was a member of the Columbia Journalism School Board of Visitors and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School and on the Board of the Peabody Awards, the leading awards in television, radio/podcasting, and digital media, and based at the University of Georgia. Mr. Balboni’s Wikipedia entry can be found here.

Mariya Treisman, Publisher

Ms. Treisman is a distinguished attorney with deep experience in both the public and private sectors. She is a graduate of Duke Law School where she was Editor in Chief of the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law. She clerked for two federal judges before joining the New York law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett concentrating in intellectual property law.  Ms. Treisman then moved to the public sector as Assistant Solicitor General in the Office of the New York Attorney General, then as Assistant Counsel to the Governor of New York, and then as General Counsel to the Chief Advisor for Policy and Strategic Planning for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  She returned to the private sector in 2015, becoming Vice President and Assistant General Counsel and Group Chief Compliance Officer at News Corp headquarters in New York City, serving as legal advisor for News Corp’s North American businesses, including the Wall Street Journal, and managing the company’s global compliance department. Following a move to Boston in 2016, Ms. Treisman joined the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General as Special Assistant AG, working on state and federal litigation and on implementing the Attorney General’s policy initiatives. In joining DailyChatter, Ms. Treisman returns to her deep family roots in journalism as multi-generational owners of newspapers in her home state of Nebraska.

Alex S. Jones, Editor at Large and Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors

A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist whose specialty has been scrutiny of the media, Mr. Jones won the Pulitzer Prize for media coverage while at The New York Times. He is also recognized for his work in radio, television, magazines, books and digital media. From 2000 to 2015, Mr. Jones was Director of the Shorenstein Center on the Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Prior to that he was the Eugene Patterson Professor at Duke University. He is author or co-author of three celebrated books focused on media: “The Patriarch: The Rise and Fall of the Bingham Dynasty,” “The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind The New York Times,” and “Losing The News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy.” He was founding host of public radio’s “On The Media” and host and executive editor of PBS’s “Media Matters.” Mr. Jones is frequently quoted on issues of media ethics and standards and serves on the boards of a number of media-related organizations.

Keith Goggin, Chair of the Board of Advisors

Keith Goggin holds a BA degree from Colgate University with a concentration in Economics and a MS degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  After a brief career as a financial journalist, he spent over 25 years working in the financial industry, first as an employee of the American Stock Exchange and later as a market maker and specialist on the American Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.  At various times during the past two decades, Mr. Goggin has been the Managing Member of STR Trading Partners, a founding member and the Managing Member of STR Specialists and a founding member of Integral Derivatives, among other industry roles.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Goggin has served on numerous fiduciary and advisory boards.  He is currently on the Board of Visitors at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he serves alongside DailyChatter founder Phil Balboni.  Mr. Goggin also serves on the Board of Advisors of Columbia Global Reports, the Board of Governors of the Columbia Club of New York, the board of the Thirty West Forty Fourth Street Foundation, where he is the Treasurer. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Columbia Alumni Association.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Goggin has also been an active direct investor in private companies doing business in multiple economic sectors, including manufacturing, energy, hospitality, real estate and specialty chemicals, among others.

Stephen Chaloner, Director of Technology and Operations

Mr. Chaloner has an extensive background in digital strategy and technology, having spent nearly a decade exploring the intersections of digital technology, business operations and marketing. For the past six years, Mr. Chaloner has been a very successful business consultant, helping small businesses with their digital strategy and adopting technology for improved operational efficiency. He’s consistently achieved strong, sustainable growth for his clients. Mr. Chaloner also owns and operates several popular websites that serve various online communities.

A graduate of Brown University, he was a varsity athlete in cross country/track and field and served as Team Captain in his senior year. Mr. Chaloner also attended the University of Edinburgh where he received an accelerated Master of Science degree on the intersection of informatics and the arts. A true digital native, Mr. Chaloner has wide-ranging interdisciplinary skills spanning design, web development, online marketing and advertising.

At DailyChatter, he oversees all digital assets including the website, email product delivery, online marketing, and analytics.

Elizabeth Bartle, Executive Director of the University Program

Elizabeth Bartle is a specialist in communications and strategy with a long history of involvement in journalism, education, foundations, and government. Since 2007, she has operated her own consultancy developing strategic communications plans for foundations, non-profit organizations and schools, including serving as Director of Partnerships for War Stories, Peace Stories, a symposium for international journalists and experts held in New York City in 2017.

She was Director of Communications for the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program from 1993 to 2007, managing internal and external communications. During her diverse prior history, Elizabeth was Director of Communications and Policy Development for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation and Construction, Assistant Press Secretary for the Dukakis-Bentsen presidential campaign, a project coordinator at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a legislative aide in Washington to two members of Congress. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the Kennedy School.

Thrusha Maharaj, Director of Global Communications

Thrusha Maharaj is a freelance journalist and academic who has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, and Europe. She was employed as a radio and television journalist for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the nation’s leading television and radio broadcaster, for Radio Netherlands Worldwide, and for the BBC. She has written for numerous newspapers and magazines in South Africa covering various beats including travel, health, education, and politics, and was a columnist for the Daily News and the Sunday Tribune Herald. In the Netherlands she also wrote for Family Matters.

Thrusha has lectured on journalism, culture and communications in South Africa, Singapore and the UK where she teaches International Journalism part-time at Liverpool John Moore’s university. She holds a master’s degree in Culture, Communication and Media studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Jabeen Bhatti, Managing Editor

Ms. Bhatti is an American foreign correspondent who divides her time between Paris and Berlin, and who has covered Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia for publications including USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Time, Newsweek and Bloomberg. She is the founder and managing editor of Associated Reporters Abroad / ARA Network, an international journalism organization that serves news outlets around the world. A graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School, she was a Fulbright scholar in 2005/6 in Germany.

Eros Banaj, Manager of Publishing Operations

Berlin-based Mr. Banaj hails from Albania and has lived in both Europe and the Middle East, studying law and international relations in his home country and abroad, before landing as an editorial manager in a busy newsroom. At DailyChatter, he has risen to become the Manager of Publishing Operations, a critical position ensuring that the newsletter is successfully input into our publishing system and then distributed via email to our more than 160,000 subscribers no later than 6am ET in the United States.  He also assists subscribers with a host of issues relating to their subscriptions. In addition, he writes and edits current news stories, and especially enjoys scanning the world for the fascinating, science-oriented stories that make up DailyChatter’s very popular Discoveries section. He also researches and writes DailyChatter’s Weekly Global Quiz.

John Dyer, Senior Editor

Mr. Dyer is a Boston-based journalist and deputy editor of Associated Reporters Abroad / ARA Network. He has written for many publications including the Boston Globe, Newsday, Nieman Reports, VICE, GlobalPost among others. He was a Fulbright scholar in Bulgaria, a fellow at the Reuters Institute for Journalism at Oxford University, and a writing instructor at the American University in Bulgaria and other institutions.

Jason Overdorf, Senior Editor

Mr. Overdorf is an American foreign correspondent specializing in India and Asia who was based in New Delhi for nearly two decades. He has recently relocated to Washington, DC. Mr. Overdorf served as a senior correspondent for GlobalPost, copy editor for Dow Jones Newswires in Hong Kong, and has written for publications including Newsweek, the Atlantic online, Scientific American, the Far Eastern Economic Review, GQ, the Washington Post and Departures Magazine. He has twice been honored with Best in Business Awards by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Mr. Overdorf earned his BA from Columbia University, and Master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and from Boston University.

Robin Tudge, Copyeditor and Writer

Robin Tudge is a journalist, copyeditor, and author with more than 20 years’ professional experience, starting out at Index on Censorship in London in 1999. He contributed to numerous publications, including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, China Daily, and the New Zealand Herald, covering matters from oil markets to online censorship in North Korea. Robin is also a novelist (“Mr Whippy Goes to Schaumberg”), has taught English in Moscow, Hanoi, and Beijing, and has led tours in North Korea, stemming from his work behind the pioneering “Bradt Guide to North Korea”. He co-wrote the best-selling “Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories”. Robin was born in London but has lived worldwide and now makes his home in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife, Dawn, who works in higher education.

Map Design

Country and regional maps are one of the signature features of our newsletter. Credit for the design and execution of the daily maps belongs to Stephen Chaloner, Kitty Gormley, and Adrian Dragne.