Editor-in-chief, SME

Beata Balogová is editor-in-chief of theSME daily newspaper, one of the major independent dailies in the Slovak Republic. She joined SME in 2014, having previously been editor of Slovakia’s English-language weekly The Slovak Spectator from 2003 to 2014. Beata was a Fulbright scholar of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia and she also holds a master’s degree in journalism from the School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York.

Beata won the2020 European Press Prize in the opinion section, being the first Slovak to win the prestigious award. Currently she is a member of the Prize´s preparatory committee. Beata is an active advocate of press freedom and also is the author of a fiction book Kornelie, published in three languages.