Colleen is a recovering journalist who spent more than 17 years as an anchor and correspondent at CNN International and more than 10 years reporting for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She continues to consult in the industry and teaches journalism online and on campus at several universities. She has directed study abroad programs in new media and entrepreneurship to Hong Kong, and was the director of Georgia State University’s Journalism Writing Center. Colleen has a master’s degree in instructional design and in 2011 earned a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in technology management and the application of learning platforms to maximize performance improvements for adult learners. She’s won awards for her political coverage and for her coverage of the sensational Paul Bernardo trial in Canada. Covering legal affairs, she was an outspoken critic of the various court imposed publication bans that prevented accurate trial information from being reported to the public. She also received international recognition for her anchoring during the downing of SwissAir 111, the Iraq conflict, the Asia Tsunami, the global financial crisis, Taiwan’s Red Shirt uprising, the September 11’th attacks and many other global events. She has interviewed global leaders including Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Bill Gates, Tony Blair, Hamid Karzai, Benjamin Netanyahu, Muhammad Yunus, and celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Lleyton Hewitt, Alexander Ovechkin, Sergei Fedorov, Erin Brokovich, Julia Ormond, Murad Sofizade and Mick Fleetwood. She is a trainer and mentor to young journalists throughout the world and participates in many education and training events and professional affiliations. She is a published author of poetry, short stories and academic papers. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning She writes family history stories both online and in print, meticulously researching historical context and fleshing-out stories rather than family trees. She speaks French, English, a little bit of Russian and a splash of Spanish. McEdwards was moderator at the Yale Symposium on Human Trafficking and has moderated for organizations such as the Ford Foundation for causes related to persecution of journalists and women entrepreneurs.