Bill Orme is an author, editor, and independent consultant specialized in media development and strategic communications, with long experience supporting independent journalism in emerging democracies and managing global advocacy campaigns.
Bill represents the Brussels-based Global Forum on Media Development (GFMD) at the United Nations, with a special focus on implementation of access-to-information commitments in the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals. From 2002 to 2014, he was a senior staff official at the United Nations Development Programme, serving as Chief of Communications & Publishing for the Human Development Reports, the UNDP Policy Advisor for Independent Media Development, and UNDP’s Director of External Communications and press spokesman.
A veteran foreign correspondent, Bill served in the 1990s as Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). He returned to daily journalism as a Middle East correspondent for The New York Times and UN bureau chief for The Los Angeles Times. Before running CPJ, he was editor of LatinFinance, a regional business monthly, following a decade of reporting on Latin America for The Washington Post, The Economist, and other publications.
Bill is the author of “Understanding NAFTA: Mexico, Free Trade and the New North America” (University of Texas, 1996) and the editor and lead essayist of “A Culture of Collusion: An Inside Look at the Mexican Press” (University of Miami, 1997). Books to which he has contributed chapters include “Journalists in Peril” (Transaction, 1998); “Crimes of War” (W.W. Norton, 1999); the “Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications” (Elsevier, 2003); “Media in Support of Sustainable Development” (UNESCO, 2015); and “The Trust Factor” (EJN, 2015). He was an editor and lead writer for the annual CPJ Attacks on the Press reports (1993-98) and UN Human Development Reports (2003-2007; 2010-2014).
Bill serves on the advisory board of the National Endowment for Democracy’s Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) and is a proud founding board member of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse.