Over 20 years the Irrawaddy has built up a team of Burmese and ethnic nationality reporters from Burma/Myanmar and areas bordering Thailand. Our staff team is diverse and includes Burmese staff and those from ethnic background (such as Karen, Mon, Kachin and Shan), plus expatriate staff members who have understanding and in-depth knowledge of Burma/Myanmar and Southeast Asian affairs.

Aung Zaw Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Founder of The Irrawaddy and a journalist, writer, and former activist. He studied at Rangoon University before going into exile following the military coup in Burma/Myanmar in September 1988. He launched The Irrawaddy in 1992, and was only permitted to return to the country in 2012. Aung Zaw has been awarded the 2010 Prince Clause Award for Journalism, the 2013 Shorenstein Journalism Award and, in 2014, the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has contributed to The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The Bangkok Post, The Nation, and numerous other publications. He is the author of the Face of Resistance and was a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2013.

Win Thu Independent Director

Independent Director of the Irrawaddy, working with the newspaper since 1994. As a student at in Yangon University in 1988, he joined the uprising and was forced to flee Burma, after the military coup. He lived in exile and saw his calling in joining the Irrawaddy. He supervises the overall administrative functions of the organization, including preparing its operational plans, proposals and budgets, and financial reporting to donors. He has extensive training and background on Finance and Computing and uses the knowledge and skill to work behind the scenes in keeping the Irrawaddy working smoothly. Loves to meditate, travel to remote areas with natural environment, and read an interesting book amidst cool mountain air while sipping fresh fruit juice.

Kyaw Zwa Moe​ Editor - English Section

Despite his early political activism and eight-year imprisonment behind bars, Kyaw Zwa Moe never wanted to be a politician. His preference for independence drove him to become a journalist in 2001 and he has been in love with journalism since. ​He sees journalism as a tool to fix wrongs in a society. During his sixteen years with The Irrawaddy, in exile and back in his own country, the former visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism has been involved in several international activities to promote media freedom in Burma. In 2015, he published the book ‘They must apologize to the people’, a compilation in Burmese of his interviews with Burma’s prominent political activists.

Ye Ni Editor - Burmese Section

Yeni has worked with The Irrawaddy since 2003. He was a university student during the 1988 military coup, after which he fled to the Burma/Thailand border where he was an artist, musician and activist before he moved to Chiang Mai to work as a journalist. He was permitted to return to Burma/Myanmar in 2013. Yeni regularly writes editorials and opinion pieces on politics and economics, and contributes to editorial management, content development, and strategic planning at the Irrawaddy.

Kyaw Phyo Tha News Editor - English Section

He cut his teeth as a journalist in 2000 when he became a music writer for a Yangon monthly magazine. He has a masters’ degree in International Journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University, and joined The Irrawaddy as a senior reporter in 2012. As well as running the daily English news office, his name can be found on a wide range of story topics, from politics to lifestyle, culture, music and others. He still retains his first interest and likes to listen to good music on weekends.

Peter Aung Digital Director

Peter leads website development, social media marketing, digital advertising and business development. He has a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Computer Studies, Mandalay. As a student in Mandalay, he developed the ‘Chan Myay Typing Tutor’ a highly successful aid for students who struggled to type in Burmese. Peter also has a masters’ degree in Information Science from Assumption University, Thailand, and he has clocked up a variety of certificates on digital strategy from Google, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.

Yan Pai Copy Editor​ - Burmese Section
Kyaw Kha Chief of Reporters - Burmese Section
Thiha Toe Editor - Lifestyle Section