Anna Saraste is a Berlin-based freelance journalist who works as a reporter and producer for DW TV News at the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. She is also the Berlin stringer for the Finnish public broadcasting company Yle, reporting from Germany and Central Europe for a Finnish audience.
Anna has taken part in various cross-border research projects on topics related to disinformation, rural areas and migration. For her research she has received research grants from the Robert Bosch Foundation (2018), Journalismfund.eu (2019), the Finnish Cultural Foundation (2020), the Finnish foundation for journalism – Journalistisen kulttuurin edistämissäätiö (2020), and the Finnish foreign ministry (2018 & 2015).
Anna also has ample volunteering experience from different journalistic organisations. From 2012-2014, she joined and then headed the Middle East & North Africa Committee of the European Youth Press; then served as an executive board member from 2014-2016 and later from 2017-2019 as an advisory board member. In 2016, she co-founded together with young journalists from Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland the Nordic Press Association, which organizes the Nordic Youth Media Days on a yearly basis. Since 2017 she is also a contributor of the Finnish volunteer-based online portal The Ulkopolitist which publishes foreign policy analyses. From 2019-2021 she was the senior editor for European affairs at The Ulkopolitist.
Anna is the author of the non-fiction book “Pitkät jäähyväiset – reportaasi fossiili-Euroopan syrjäseuduilta” focusing on rural areas producing fossil fuels across Europe, which will be published in autumn 2021 by Vastapaino in Finnish language.