Raymond Frenken

Raymond Frenken saw his stories appear regularly in newspapers such as the International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, while reporting for Bloomberg News and Dow Jones from Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris and London.

His face became a familiar one to many CNBC Europe viewers who enjoyed his daily reporting and live commentary from Brussels. His regular interviews with finance ministers and EU commissioners generated international headlines. His spot coverage of the Euro crisis and his analysis of ECB decisions on interest rates helped shape the reaction on international financial markets. His network in Brussels also helped him break news on major EU antitrust stories such those involving Microsoft and GE-Honeywell.

Combining new opportunities offered by digital media with plans for a European affairs channel, Ray left CNBC in 2006 with a bold plan: creating a pan-European television channel about European politics and policies. This ambition never fully materialized but it still exists as a popular YouTube channel, with nearly 20 million views and 10,000 subscribers. It also taught Ray how to independently produce broadcast reports as a VJ. Brussels-based publisher EurActiv bought his webtv channel in 2011.

Ray has managed media projects for a variety of organizations, including the European External Action Service and the European Space Agency, and, in the Maastricht region, Dutch multinational Royal DSM and the European Journalism Centre. He has developed expertise on sustainability issues and integrated reporting and was the producer of DSM’s 2012 annual report, ranked among the world’s 200 best.

As broadcast journalist, Ray traveled regularly to international hotspots under the wings of the European Security and Defence Policy, as a producer for the EU’s television service, Europe by Satellite. Many of the official ESDP videos are based on material he produced.

This work has taken Ray to Kazakhstan, Chad, DR Congo, Rwanda, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Bosnia, Kosovo, Georgia, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Many of his broadcast reports were sent directly back to Europe from Ray’s laptop, connected via a BGAN mobile satellite uplink.

Earlier career

Raymond started his career in international journalism in 1981, at the age of 15, reporting cross-border school competitions in the Dutch-Belgian border area for a local newspaper.