UNITED NATIONS – WND has been granted an office to establish a formal bureau at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the latest sign of the new organization’s expanding coverage.
WND joins the likes of the New York Times, the Times of London and the NHK (Japan) with formal bureaus.
The decision to grant the bureau space was conveyed by Isabelle Broyer, director of media services on Tuesday.
“We have been impressed by the expansion of WND’s news coverage,” Broyer stated in explaining the U.N.’s decision.
By establishing a bureau, WND personnel will be granted resident correspondents’ status, which provides full access to the United Nations and its facilities.
The move comes just weeks after WND officially was accredited by the United Nations for all its departments and affiliates worldwide.
WND, founded in 1997 by CEO Joseph Farah and his wife, Elizabeth, who is a marketing executive for the site, now includes worldwide, national and local daily news as well as one of the best lineups of commentary writers in the world and a book-publishing arm that routinely releases projects that hit the New York Times bestsellers list.
The news organization has a long history of covering the United Nations, with special correspondents dispatched as early as 2000, only three years after the company’s launch.
Correspondent Mary Jo Anderson provided many groundbreaking reports, such as when the U.S., under President George W. Bush, signaled to the U.N. in 2000 that issues involving children need more to recognize the rights of parents.
She also wrote about about the Millennium Summit and the discussions about what is the proper role for the United Nations during the 21st century.
In recent years, Stewart Stogel, a veteran print/broadcast journalist whose work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, the Miami Herald, Washington Times, ABC News and NBC News, has been on the ground for WND at the U.N.
He’s reported on the U.N. operations in Haiti post-earthquake and the controversy of the pledged donations that never arrived, as well as Kofi Annan’s recent resignation as the U.N. envoy to Syria.
He’s also covered the controversy over office remodeling costs for the U.S. at the international forum.
WND also has covered U.N. subjects including the Law of the Sea Treaty, the organization’s small arms treaty, the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the “religions anti-defamation” proposal that seeks to criminalize in international law any criticism of Islam.