ARÊTE NEWS is the first professional, independent news site dedicated to exploring and explaining the world of international organizations.
Focused on multilateralism, global governance and transnational cooperation, we aim to deliver handcrafted news, analysis and data-driven content, along with trusted insights, recommendations and intel that are useful both to policy experts and general readers.
Our mission is to inform, empower and connect global professionals taking on the world’s most urgent challenges.
Accountability — News in the public interest; truth to power.
Accuracy — Fact-based; no fabrications or plagiarism.
Humanity — No undue harm; confidential sources protected.
Impartiality — Fairness to all sides; understanding over judging.
Independence — Transparency and integrity; no hidden agendas.
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 mountain ridge; 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 pursuit of excellence in the public interest.
The photo above was taken by the late, great Anja Niedringhaus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning German photographer who it was a privilege to have called a colleague and a friend. She was a life force, with a tremendous, biting sense of humor, who gave her life bringing to the world pictures and stories that mattered. “I do my job simply to report people’s courage with my camera and with my heart,” she said. This was our office view from the Palais des Nations, looking towards Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc massif.
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 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.
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 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.
Web Systems Architect
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.