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Bill Swersey

VP, Communications

HIAS

Bill Swersey is Vice President of Communications & Digital Media at HIAS, the global refugee protection agency.

Previously, he was Executive Director of Digital for Asia Society for 6 years where he was responsible for website strategy, content and infrastructure for the global non-profit. Before joining Asia Society, Bill was Director of Digital Media at WNYC, New York Public Radio for 5 years where he oversaw the expansion of the station's websites, live streaming, on demand audio and podcasting. Prior to joining WNYC, Bill was Director of Technology for Bravo Networks Digital Media.

Digital Media is Bill's second career. From 1984-1996 he worked as photojournalist and was widely published in The NY Times, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and numerous other US and international publications. He was based in Moscow, Russia from 1991-1996, covering the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union.
In 1999 he was part of team that started Newsmakers Online Photo Service, later sold to Getty Images.

Bill has a Masters in Digital Media from NYU's Interactive Telecommunication Program and a BS in Journalism from Boston University's College of Communication.