Saila Huusko


Public bio

Saila Huusko is a journalist and an emerging documentary filmmaker. Her video work has appeared online at Al Jazeera America, GlobalPost, The Guardian, and The Village Voice – among others. She worked for three years as the in-house multimedia producer for Crisis Management Initiative, an international NGO founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari. While there, she worked in several conflict zones, including in South Sudan, Afghanistan, Liberia, and the South Caucasus. She is currently directing her first feature documentary titled REMEMBER MY NAME. It won the DuPont/Judy F. Crichton Award in 2015 and is slated for public television broadcast as well as a festival rollout in 2016 in the United States. Saila graduated with honors from the Columbia Journalism School Master of Science program, earned her BA magna cum laude from Middlebury College, and completed high school at the Mahindra United World College of India. Originally from Finland, she is the recipient of several prestigious awards,including the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation Journalism Fellowship for studies at Columbia, the Joan Konner Scholarship in Broadcast Journalism, and the Rotary Peace Fellowship.