Blaise Hope (BSJ12) has been a globetrotter since he was born. He is a British citizen, born in Tokyo, who didn’t speak English until he was five years old. His family moved to London, and by age 12, he was writing and editing school publications. By age 16, he was interning for GQ in London.
Hope wanted to spend time in the U.S., and Medill gave him the opportunity to do it while studying at the best journalism school in the country. He didn’t stay here. He wanted to bring his education and experience to Asia, and a fellow Medill alum put him in touch with the head of the copy desk at the Jakarta Globe where he was hired as a copy editor.
In January of 2014, Jakarta Globe’s owner, BeritaSatu Media Holdings, began developing an English language news channel. Hope was made the chief script editor for the channel BeritaSatu English. He auditioned for a screen test and became the anchor for a one-hour show.
Hope also advises on other publications, helping to form media partnerships and develop new channels for the cable services that BeritaSatu Media owns.
Hope freelances as a marketing/media/political risk consultant for multinational firms and organizations, has learned to speak Indonesian, is planning to learn Mandarin next, and plans to start studying for an MBA on the side.