About

DailyChatter is your own personal intelligence analyst. We search for meaning and context in this immensely complex world with a singular mission to help busy people like you know their world better.

We don’t slow you down with an onslaught of lists and links like most email newsletters. Instead, we research the most important 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 tell you the most current and critical news you need to know to be both smarter and better informed. DailyChatter’s exclusive focus is world news along with the most important US events in politics, the economy, global conflict, the environment, arts and culture.

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

The newsletter will arrive in your mailbox by 6am US Eastern Time Monday through Friday, 52 weeks a year.

DailyChatter is completely non-partisan. Like so many other news sources today, we do not lean left or right. We try to see the world as it actually is and with an awareness of the importance of history in shaping current events.

DailyChatter is published in America but our perspective is deeply international. We believe the truth behind global issues can be found anywhere in the world if you search with an open mind.

DailyChatter is totally independent of any other media organization and is privately owned.

And DailyChatter is an advertising-free zone. That’s right, we accept no advertising. Nothing interferes with your reading.

Instead we ask that you pay a modest annual subscription — just $15. That’s only $1.25 a month for exceptional insight into the most important things happening around the world.

The first two weeks are free, so if you’re not happy, you can cancel your subscription at any time during those initial 14 days. But we’re confident that DailyChatter will become an indispensable part of your morning.

Background and Mission

DailyChatter has its origins at the international news site GlobalPost where Philip Balboni, Daily Chatter’s CEO and Co-Executive Editor, was Founder and CEO from 2008 until late 2015. What was then called “Chatter” was GlobalPost’s daily email newsletter with a distinctive voice and a strong narrative summary of the most important and interesting stories GlobalPost was following around the world. It quickly became one of their most popular features.

Mr. Balboni kept the rights to “Chatter” when GlobalPost was sold to the WGBH Educational Foundation in late October 2015. He re-engineered and re-invented the newsletter and DailyChatter was born on March 14, 2016.

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 in the world, and quickly. We’re excited by the enormous opportunity of helping you know the world better.

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 or our sense of humor.

We look forward to having you with us.

About the Subscription

We’ve made DailyChatter extremely 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 about 5 cents a day, 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.

And here is another, very important thing that is distinctive about DailyChatter. We accept no advertising. That’s right, none of those incredibly irritating and intrusive digital ads will interfere with your enjoyment of the content in DailyChatter.

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

We have only one mission and that is to make you better informed about the world and to do so in an amount of time that is commensurate with our incredibly busy lives. We have no allegiance other than to you, our readers.

Sign up today and your first 2 weeks are free!

Key Personnel

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

Before starting DailyChatter, Mr. Balboni was the Founder, President, and CEO of GlobalPost, the highly acclaimed international news site which he sold to WGBH in Boston in late 2015. Mr. Balboni is now in the 51st year of a journalism career that has taken him from newspapers and news agencies to broadcast and cable television to the front-lines of the revolution in digital news. A leading entrepreneur who has created and led three successful journalism ventures, Mr. Balboni has been the direct or leadership recipient of nearly every major award in American journalism including multiple Peabody, duPont-Columbia, Edward R .Murrow, and Emmy awards. He was the Founder of NECN/New England Cable News, the nation’s largest and most honored regional news network where he was President for 16 years, and was also a senior executive of the Hearst Corporation in New York, serving as Special Assistant to the CEO. Previously, he spent 17 years at WCVB-TV in Boston where he created and served as Executive Producer of Chronicle, a nightly news magazine now in its 36th year, which become the most successful local television program in American broadcast history. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors at 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, and a Trustee of the International Museum of World War II which houses the largest collection of WWII documents and artifacts in the world. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College where he studied English and French literature and philosophy, attended the Sorbonne in Paris, and was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Advanced International Reporting at Columbia Journalism School. Mr. Balboni was an officer in the United States Army and served in Vietnam.


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.


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 MAs from Washington University in St. Louis, and Boston University.


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.

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Heidi Legg, College Editor and Liaison

Ms. Legg is an American/Canadian journalist based in Cambridge, MA. Five years ago, she founded TheEditorial where she interviews luminary voices around emerging ideas along the Harvard, MIT and Cambridge corridor in the form of a digital newsletter and podcast. She was an early Internet strategist on media in San Francisco and Toronto for leading technology and consulting firms, worked in documentaries in France for the Canadian Television Network (CTV) on the 50th Anniversary of D-Day, and in London for Ardent Productions. In the 1990s, she was the Executive Producer and host of weekly TV programs on emerging ideas for Vidéotron Cable and ASN. She has spent 20 years in media at the front-line of the digital transformation. Her recent work has been published in The AtlanticThe Boston GlobeThe Ottawa Citizen, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and WGBH News. She holds a graduate degree in journalism from Concordia University in Montreal.