Mogadishu, Somalia seen from the International Space Station.
Mogadishu, Somalia seen from the International Space Station. Source: ESA and astronaut Paolo Nespoli, user Magisstra on Flickr (

Long before I set off for the Arthur Burns Fellowship in Berlin, I came across an American-German journalist named Michael Scott Moore, with whom I corresponded about a story I was chasing for As It Happens back in 2011.

On a personal note, we connected when he told me about how he came to be working with Der Spiegel International and what it was like to work in Germany. I had thought about the possibility of working there because my girlfriend is German.

About two months after we communicated, he traveled to Somalia to gather material for a book on piracy. On that trip he was kidnapped. He was was still being held hostage when I got to Berlin in July.

I started doing some digging about his status, but found little official information available. Then all of a sudden, near the end of my fellowship I got a call from my editor telling me Moore was free. The news had just broken.

Journalistically, I was caught off guard, but the news was fantastic and I was happy for Moore and his family and friends. It was a happy ending.

At The Local, we put together a story on his release and paired it with news of the tragic death of another pair of German hostages who were confirmed dead in Yemen.

Read the full article on The Local Germany, here.