Merle Geline Rubine
Merle Geline Rubine became a member of the Women’s Media Center Advisory Council in August, 2007. She is a communications professional with extensive experience in television, radio and international advocacy.
A veteran producer of news magazine and documentary programming for NBC and CBS, Rubine is also an issue specialist who has conducted training programs on acute topics such as gender equality, HIV/AIDS, poverty reduction, press freedom and development communication.
During her career at NBC Rubine covered some of the most powerful news stories of the past quarter century: such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Reagan-Gorbachev summits. She also produced profiles of influential figures as Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, Yasir Arafat, Sophia Loren, Hunter S. Thompson, among many others.
In 2000 Rubine left network news, joined the Peace Corps and went to Africa. She spent two years in a small village in Cote d’Ivoire – when her service was over she remained in Africa as a teacher, trainer and communications consultant. She was awarded a Knight International Press Fellowship and spent an academic year as a lecturer at the School for Mass Communications, Fourah Bay College, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. In 2006, Rubine and a team of Tanzanian women and men brought The Vagina Monologues to the Dar es Salaam stage, opening a new dimension of dialog about gender violence and gender equality.
Since her return from Africa last year, Rubine has taught journalism at Hunter College, and led press training workshops in Armenia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives for the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Information Programs media speaker program