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Klara Buda Wikipedia
Klara Buda is an Albanian American journalist and writer. She is the former head of the Albanian Department of Radio France Internationale (RFI), which she left in 2010. Buda has also worked for UNESCO and the BBC. She is of French nationality and Albanian ethnicity. Buda writes prose, poetry, fiction and TV plays.
Klara Buda was born in Elbasan, Albania. After graduating in modern literature at the Sorbonne, she studied history of art at the École pratique des hautes études. In 1997, she embarked on her career as a freelance journalist at the BBC before joining Radio France Internationale (RFI). She worked for a short period at UNESCO's Communication Division in 1998 but returned to RFI in 1999, first as a specialized journalist, then from 2005 as a principal editor. Appointed editor in chief in 2006, she headed RFI's Albanian department until 2010.
In 2011, she founded in New York City the "Beratinus Media", a TV and film production company, and in 2013 Klarabudapost.com, an online site promoting global citizen journalism. She was awarded the Francophone Personality of the Year prize from the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie in 2013. In 2014, she created, hosted and directed Albania I love You, a TV show, which through portraits of prominent figures examines the evolution of traditional Albanian rites and customs during its period of political transition years, both in Albania itself and internationally. After serving as an external advisor to the Albanian Foreign Affairs Ministry in 2012, in 2015 Buda founded the New York Albanian Cultural Diplomacy Corporation with a view to promoting Albanian culture in the United States.