Terrell Jermaine Starr is an independent journalist based in Kyiv, Ukraine covering the Russo-Ukrainian War. He is the founder and host of the Black Diplomats podcast, where he covers geopolitical issues. Terrell is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and he writes for Rolling Stone. He previously worked at The Root and Foxtrot Alpha, a blog that focuses on the military, technology, and policy.
Terrell has been living part time in Ukraine since 2016. He first lived and studied in Ukraine as a Fulbright scholar. He’s also lived in the nation of Georgia, where he volunteered for the Peace Corps. He is fluent in Russian and has a Master’s degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois. He is a graduate of Philander Smith College, an HBCU in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he earned a Bachelor’s in English.
Starr, who has nearly 15 years of journalism experience, recently completed his memoir on how his upbringing informed his understanding of US-Russian foreign policy and the intersections between American white supremacy and imperialism.
In 2018, Diversity in National Security Network and New America selected him as one of the top African-American experts in foreign policy and national security. Starr is also a 2018-2020 Global Strategist Association fellow, which is a fellowship that aims to place Black people in foreign policy discussions and positions of power.
He regularly appears on news networks around the world, where he provides first-person reporting from Kyiv, Ukraine.
Always honest, always unflinching, always provocative, Starr speaks on issues both here and abroad in a way that is both accessible and personal. His perspective is wholly unique, consisting of the sum of his diverse experiences as a Black man in America and in Ukraine. He's an invaluable member of our team at The Root, elevating our coverage of politics and international relations beyond what is expected of most online outlets, let alone larger, mainstream news organizations. Everyone who reads him is better informed than they were before, which I applaud.
Danielle C. Belton
Terrell is an incredibly intelligent and authentic American voice. His takes on global politics, especially when it comes to foreign policy in Eastern Europe, are essential for anyone who wants a fuller perspective of the key issues.
Julio Ricardo Varela
Terrell is a journalist whose voice is essential, especially during these uncertain times. With his moral courage and tenacity, he represents the classic muckraker journalist that confronts the apathy and conformity that allow corruption to flourish.