Carol Guensburg is a longtime editor and reporter, now guiding standards for the Washington-based international news organization Voice of America. At VOA, she has coached and edited journalists covering international affairs, with a special focus on Africa and Latin America. She reported from West Africa during the massive 2014-15 Ebola outbreak and helped train emerging journalists covering Rohingya refugees and host communities in southeastern Bangladesh. Carol collaborated on numerous VOA projects, including as an editor and writer for an award-winning examination of child marriage around the world.
Before joining VOA in 2014, she edited and reported for Scripps Howard News Service’s Washington bureau, editing daily stories and columns while also collaborating on investigative projects. She co-founded American Food Roots, an online magazine of food, culture and history honored by the Association of Food Journalists during its three-year run.
Carol has extensive experience in newspapers, primarily with the Milwaukee Journal – where she led the Sunday magazine and food section – and then the merged Journal Sentinel. She left to become founding director of a University of Maryland journalism fellowships program focused on covering child and family policy. At UMD, she also was an assistant editor for American Journalism Review, a journal exploring news media developments and challenges.
She plays keyboards with Malarkey, an all-women instrumental group, and sings and plays accordion with Westover Easy, a jam band. Both bands play in northern Virginia.