Seamus Kelters – Northern Ireland ExpertKelters started as a senior reporter for the Irish News more than 20 years ago specialising in security, fair employment and the case of the Birmingham Six. Working for BBC Northern Ireland for the last 17 years, he has produced for its investigative strand and political unit and, for the last dozen years, has produced the evening news programme. His programmes on the IRA’s ‘stand down’ order and the Omagh trial verdict won separate Irish Film and Television Awards.

As a co-author of Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles, in 2001 he was awarded the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize for the promotion of peace and reconciliation in Ireland. He has addressed both the European and International Societies for Traumatic Stress Studies and, last year, a conference at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard on the book.

Having been a Dart Fellow in 2002 and Senior Fellow in 2003, he served on the organisation’s executive commitee. The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma aims to educate and support journalists who encounter trauma in the course of their work. Kelters has helped design workshops for journalists in Ireland and post-Katrina New Orleans.

Having lived in Belfast for more than 40 years he recently moved to the countryside outside the city and is married with two sons.

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