Luke Vargas is the Talk Media News U.N. bureau chief and reports on diplomacy, global elections and international development. Luke has spearheaded international coverage from more than 30 countries, relaying news to American audiences from Zika labs in Brazil, sprawling refugee camps in the Jordanian desert, military strategy rooms in Vietnam and the front lines of the Ukrainian revolution.
A student of Eastern European and Russian history, Luke has traveled extensively across the former Soviet Union and frequently reports on Russian politics. Luke was among the first reporters to identify the political importance of the Crimean Peninsula during the 2014 Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine, and he reported from the port city of Sevastopol weeks before it became the focus of global attention.
In early 2014 he created and began hosting "The World in 2:00," a daily world news radio broadcast syndicated to 300+ AM/FM outlets across the United States, Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Since its inception the "The World in 2:00" has maintained a 50/50 male-to-female gender ratio among its more than 150 on-air guests, spanning heads of state to health researchers, soldiers to scientists.
Luke got his start in journalism in high school, covering the 2008 presidential election in New Hampshire. His blogging coverage attracted the attention of local and national media outlets, and he began to make regular radio and television appearances from hundreds of campaign events. His political photography has been published by The New Yorker, CNN, Al-Jazeera and the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Luke continues to cover American elections and America's global place in the world.
Luke is a frequent guest on the BBC, South African Broadcasting Company, CBS TV affiliates and radio stations around the world.
Born in Boston, he currently lives in New Jersey and enjoys mountain biking, gardening and designing board games.
Connect with him on Twitter @TheCourier
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