ABOUT intercross: the podcast


Welcome to Intercross: the Podcast!

Listen to our introductory episode to learn more about our hosts Niki Clark, Tracey Begley and Sara Owens, learn about our ambitions and visions for the podcast and how you can stay up to date on the latest episodes. Look for interesting discussions about the people and places behind the work of the ICRC, operational updates, legal debates, cultural perspectives, policy discussions and more. We're always happy to have your feedback and input, just email editor Niki Clark

ABOUT your hosts

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Niki Clark

Niki is the Digital & Special Projects Advisor for the ICRC in the Washington, D.C. delegation. In this capacity, she serves as the editor of Intercross the blog and podcast and runs digital communications. She's worked across all areas of the Red Cross movement--with the IFRC (as an emergency communications delegate in Nepal and Tanzania), with a National Society (in International Communications with the American Red Cross) and now with the ICRC. She graduated from Southern Methodist with a BA in Print Journalism and minors in photography and Spanish. She is more-than-slightly obsessed with music and live shows, her neurotic puppy dog Ichabob, and putting Tony Chachere's on absolutely everything.  



Anna is the ICRC’s Head of Communication for the US and Canada. She’s been with the ICRC since 2007 and has filled several different PR and media-related roles during that time in both Geneva, Switzerland and Washington DC. Originally from the Midwest, Anna spent over two decades studying and working abroad. She holds a BA in Comp Lit from the American University of Paris, an MA in International Journalism from City University of London, and is currently working towards a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence at Johns Hopkins University. She’s travelled to dozens of countries, including Pakistan, Mali, the southern Philippines, Jordan, Israel, Singapore, all over Europe and elsewhere. She worked at CBS News in Paris during the second half of the 1990s and later as a radio journalist in Switzerland before becoming a humanitarian. She’s a cheese-obsessed vegetarian and die-hard fan of the West Wing Weekly. Anna has an elderly dog, who hails from France and responds to commands in English, French and Italian, which strangers seem to find amusing. A natural-born news junkie, Anna loves living in DC.

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Andrea Harrison serves as Deputy Legal Advisor for the Washington Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. In this capacity, she is responsible for legal support to ICRC activities in the U.S. and Canada, with particular focus on detention issues including legal processes such as military commissions and periodic review boards, as well as privileges and immunities, and sanctions and export control issues. In addition to work at the ICRC, Andrea teaches Law of War as an adjunct professor at American University School of International Service and serves as the Chair of the International Humanitarian Law Committee for the American Branch of the International Law Associate (ABILA) and serves on ABILA’s board of directors. Andrea earned her J.D. at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island and is a member of the Texas bar.  She also holds an LLM from The Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  Andrea serves as Intercross the Podcast's legal host.


Sara Owens

Sara serves as a Communications Officer for the ICRC in the Washington, D.C. delegation. In her role, she supports the organization and implementation of communications around ICRC priorities through digital and social media channels such as International Humanitarian Law, ICRC operations worldwide, and various thematic issues including urban warfare and detention policy. She also assists in the management of Intercross, ICRC Washington delegation’s blog  and podcast. Previously, she worked in event planning at the Markham Group and interned at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and Human Rights First. She graduated from the University of San Diego in 2014 with a BA in International Relations and minor in French language. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading, hiking, hanging out with dogs. 



Marc Kilstein, an experienced journalist and radio producer, is the official Spokesperson of the ICRC Washington delegation, working closely with U.S. media markets. With his strong newsroom background--Marc has worked for NPR, the BBC World ServiceThe Nation Magazine and most recently as a founding producer for NPR's newest national news program, 1A--Marc has spent his career fine tuning his craft for journalism and is excited to bring his experience and talent to the ICRC. 

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Trevor Keck serves as Deputy Head of Policy and Humanitarian Affairs Advisor with the Washington Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In this capacity, he represents the ICRC to a wide range of audiences in the U.S. and Canada, advocates for humanitarian policies, and provides policy advice and strategic support to ICRC staff across the organization – from delegates in the field to senior staff at headquarters. Prior to joining the ICRC, he was an Afghanistan researcher for Center for Civilians in Conflict, an organization that seeks to make warring parties more responsible to civilians. Before that, Trevor worked with various NGOs conducting research and advocacy on a range of security, humanitarian, and human rights issues. Trevor holds a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  He also holds a Bachelor in Peace and Conflict Studies from Chapman University graduating magna cum laude. He serves as Intercross the Podcast's resident policy wonk. 


Austin Shangraw

Austin Shangraw is a Legal and Policy Officer for the International Committee of the Red Cross, based in the Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada in Washington, D.C. Previously, Austin worked as a project manager for democracy and governance development projects in Afghanistan, interned at the Center for Justice and Accountability, and served as a member of a human rights impact litigation clinic during law school. Austin received his J.D. and M.A. from American University and is a member of the Virginia state bar. Austin serves as Intercross the Podcast's legal, policy and anything Star Wars related host. 


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