About

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 and we do not accept or include advertising in our 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 $15 for an annual subscription, a price that even our own subscribers tell us is too small. That amounts to just about 5 cents a day 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 $15 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 $1.25 a month, or a little more than 5 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 Co-Executive Editor

Mr. Balboni is a veteran of 51 years in print, television and digital journalism and has also been a very successful entrepreneur. He was previously the Founder, President, and CEO of GlobalPost, the acclaimed international news site launched in early 2009, and of  NECN, the largest and most honored regional cable news network in the US, which he started in 1992 and led for 16 years. Mr. Balboni has a long history in broadcast television news and was the creator and first Executive Producer of the nightly news magazine program, Chronicle which has been on the air continuously since January 1982 and is the most successful local television program in American history. He has been the direct or leadership recipient of nearly every major award in American journalism including multiple Peabody Awards, duPont-Columbia Awards, Edward R .Murrow Awards, and numerous Emmy awards. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia Journalism School, a member of the Advisory Board of the Shorenstein Center on the Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a Trustee of the International Museum of World War II, and a member of the Leadership Council of The Pine Street Inn which serves the homeless throughout New England.


Alex S. Jones, Vice Chairman and Co-Executive Editor

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.


Stephen Chaloner, Director of Digital 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, Director of University Relations

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.


Jabeen Bhatti, Managing Editor

Ms. Bhatti is an American foreign correspondent resident in Berlin, 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 also founder and managing editor of Associated Reporters Abroad / ARA Network, an international journalism organization which serves news outlets around the world. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, she served as a Fulbright scholar in 2005/6 in Germany.


John Dyer, Senior Editor
Mr. Dyer is a Boston-based journalist and deputy editor of Associated Reporters Abroad / ARA Network. He has written for publications such as the Boston Globe, Newsday, Nieman Reports, VICE, GlobalPost and others. He has previously served as 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.


Austin Davis, Europe Editor

Mr. Davis is a journalist based in Berlin, who has covered German politics, business and society for a variety of publications including USA Today, PRI, the Washington Times and Canada’s Globe & Mail. Hailing from the Detroit area, he is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and received a Pulitzer fellowship in 2015 to research education disparities in immigrant communities in Berlin.


Jason Overdorf, Asia Editor

Mr. Overdorf is an American foreign correspondent based in Delhi, who has served as a senior correspondent for GlobalPost, copy editor for Dow Jones Newswires in Hong Kong, and has written for publications such as 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 Boston University.


Charles Huckabee, Copy Editor

Mr. Huckabee is a freelance editor and writer based in Washington, D.C., where he was a copy editor and news editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education for nearly 20 years. He has also served on the news and copy desks of several daily newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Virginian-Pilot. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of South Carolina, where he also did graduate studies in journalism. He has contributed articles about classical music to several newspapers and is an active chamber-music player in the Washington area.