“Cooperation at a global scale is what’s going to propel humanity into the future.” — U.S. astronaut Nick Hague aboard the International Space Station on Sept. 16, 2019.
Arête News is an independent global news platform dedicated to factual reporting that explores and explains the world of international organizations. Our mission is to inform, empower and connect global professionals taking on the world’s most urgent challenges.
Our core values are accountability, accuracy, humanity, impartiality and independence. The means we work to provide news in the public interest; deliver fast, accurate and unbiased information; seek to do no undue harm; strive for fairness to all sides; and believe in transparency and integrity.
Why the name? Rooted in passions for journalism and climbing, the name draws on meanings with and without the French circumflex.
An arête is a knifelike ridge that separates two valleys and may lead to a summit; arete is a Greek concept for moral virtue and a life well-lived. Pronounced ah-reh-tay, it signifies potential fulfilled.
Combining those meanings, Arête News stands for sharpness, elevation and the pursuit of excellence in the public interest.
Inspiration: The photo above was taken by the late, great Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning German photographer who was a colleague and a friend.
She was a life force, with a tremendous sense of humor, who gave her life bringing to the world pictures and stories that mattered. This was our office view from the Palais des Nations, looking towards Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc massif.
“I do my job simply to report people’s courage with my camera and with my heart,” she said.
John Heilprin, Editor in Chief
John Heilprin is an international journalist and editor with 30 years of experience reporting from four continents, including half that time with The Associated Press in Washington, U.N. headquarters at New York and Geneva, where he led AP’s bureau. Accustomed to writing for billions of readers, he has covered the highest levels of global and U.S. politics and received 11 awards for foreign reporting, global climate change coverage and investigative work, and a global climate fellowship. He lives in the Swiss capital.
Cary O’Reilly, Managing Editor
Cary O’Reilly is an international journalist with 30 years of experience including supervisory roles as assistant managing editor, editor-at-large and editor/team leader for Bloomberg, where he ran a startup and built teams. He lives in Washington and has covered top levels of U.S. politics and international organizations in Tokyo, Singapore, Zurich and Washington. He has a master’s degree in Asia-Pacific studies from University of Leeds in Singapore and a master of studies in law from Georgetown University Law Center.
Dulce Torrero, CEO & General Manager
Dulce Torrero has extensive experience in international business development and project management in the telecommunications and sports media industries. She is based in the Swiss capital Bern and is an experienced, multicultural, multilingual team manager who has taught graduate-level courses in Switzerland on business management and startups.
Ronald Powers, Investigations Editor
Ronald Powers is a veteran journalist, accomplished storyteller, writer and editor who is long accustomed to upholding the highest standards in journalism, all while under intense deadline pressures for a 24/7 multimedia audience and readership in the billions. He is based in Washington and served as a national editor and supervisor of the global report from the Washington bureau of The Associated Press, where he worked for more than 40 years.
Eric Mueller, Web Systems Architect
Piotr Metelski, Web Designer & Photographer
Piotr Metelski is an experienced, multilingual and multicultural web designer, independent photographer, project leader, art designer and entrepreneur. He is based in Winterthur, Switzerland and is the co-director of Picture-Planet GmbH, a team of specialists for print, graphic and professional web design.