Prior to this position she was a journalist for numerous broadcasting and online media outlets in Ekaterinburg and Saint Petersburg, reporting about social and economic issues. In addition to her regional journalism practice, Ms. Churmanova had an academic focus on international media democracy narratives within BRICS countries, and participated in the Academy of Finland’s project, “Media Systems in Flux: the Challenge of the BRICS Countries.” Ms. Churmanova received her B.A. from Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg in Broadcast Journalism, and her M.A. from St. Petersburg State University School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Business Journalism. She speaks Russian and English.