Fatima Tlisova is a freelancer with the VOA Russian Service, where she covers Russia’s restive North Caucasus region and topics including Islamic radicalism, corruption, and racism. She also writes the blog “Pressa pod pressom” (“Press Under Pressure”) about press freedom in Russia. Before coming to Voice of America a year ago, she had been editor-in-chief of the REGNUM News Agency in the North Caucasus, a special correspondent for Russia’s Novaya Gazeta, and a reporter for the Associated Press and for VOA’s sister broadcaster, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. She has won several international awards, including the Rory Peck Freelancer’s Choice Award for “continuous bravery, commitment to the story and efforts to help fellow journalists,” and the Human Rights Watch award for journalism and advocacy. She is an ethnic Circassian from Russia’s Karachay-Cherkess Republic, but spent much of her professional career in the neighboring Kabardino-Balkar Republic.