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Peter Bittner

Peter Bittner

Peter Bittner was formerly an Editorial Assistant at The Diplomat.

A former Fulbright Fellow to Mongolia, Peter is now a freelance journalist based in Ulaanbaatar. In addition to his writing and photography, Peter is honing his skills in videography, data visualization, and emerging immersive platforms. He received a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in New Media at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Peter earned his BA at the University of Puget Sound in International Political Economy. He has traveled to over a dozen Asian countries and enjoys chronicling his travels.

His reporting has appeared in a wide range of publications in the United States and Asia including The UB Post, The Oakland North, The Earth Journalism Network, Internews, Education Week, and the Asia Society.

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Posts by Peter Bittner
February 02, 2019

Mongolia's March Against Corruption

By Peter Bittner
The view from Sukhbaatar Square during a series of mass protests.

January 31, 2019

Mongolia's Crisis of Democracy Continues

By Peter Bittner
The parliamentary speaker has been forced out, the latest twist in Mongolia's long-simmering political scandals.
January 29, 2018

Mongolia’s #MeToo Movement

By Peter Bittner
Mongolia’s viral #OpenYourEyes campaign brings attention, but can it spur changes to combat gender-based violence?

July 10, 2017

On the Mongolian Campaign Trail

By Peter Bittner
An on-the-ground look at campaigning and voting in Mongolia's tight presidential race.

February 27, 2017

A Conversation With Mongolia's Foreign Minister Tsend Munkh-Orgil

By Peter Bittner
Mongolian Minister of Foreign Affairs Tsend Munkh-Orgil gives an exclusive interview to The Diplomat.

August 31, 2016

Pollution Like Snow: A Mongolian Winter

By Peter Bittner
Mongolia’s true wintertime foe isn’t the cold or the snow. It’s the horrendous air pollution in Ulaanbaatar.
August 04, 2016

The World Sumo Championships in Mongolia

By Peter Bittner
Mongolia hosts its first major international competition for a sport in which its athletes shine.

July 28, 2016

The Herding Life in Mongolia

By Peter Bittner
A look at the daily life of nomads 100 km outside of Ulaanbaatar.

July 19, 2016

The Naadam Festival: Mongolia's Games

By Peter Bittner
This showcase of Mongolian culture has been celebrated for hundred of years.

July 18, 2016

As ASEM Concludes, World Leaders Condemn Violence in Turkey and Nice

By Peter Bittner
EU Council President Tusk, President Elbegdorj, and others spoke out against the violence and pledged unity.

July 15, 2016

South China Sea and Nice Attack Preoccupy Asian, European Leaders at ASEM

By Peter Bittner
Security issues were at the fore in Ulaanbaatar, but Mongolia shone as a host to the delegates.
July 12, 2016

Mongolia Celebrates Naadam, Prepares to Host ASEM Summit

By Peter Bittner
Amid summer sports festival, the country readies for the largest international event in modern Mongolian history.

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