De Correspondent’s full-time writers and their beats

A list of The Correspondent‘s 20 full-time writers and their beats with mission statements, plus the number of followers or email subscribers they have.

Editor’s note: Correspondents with fewer followers on the site have joined us recently. We started rolling out personal newsletters this past year on an experimental basis. The correspondents’ individual newsletters are not yet widely known among our readers. The experiments have been a success – especially in terms of knowledge gained – and we are currently building a new email architecture and template for the site.


Full-time correspondents

Dimitri Tokmetzis – Security Industry Correspondent

I want to show people how their privacy is threatened and why everyone has something to hide. Next step: researching alternatives.

15,144 followers on the site

807 newsletter subscribers (68.7% open rate, 21.2% click rate)


Maurits Martijn – Technology and Surveillance Correspondent

Exposing that which is unseen

15,660 followers on the site

1339 newsletter subscribers (70.1% open rate, 21.0% click rate)


Michiel de Hoog – Sport and Analytics Correspondent

I want to document what happens when science and reason collide with soccer

5891 followers on the site

590 newsletter subscribers (73.6% open rate, 26.3% click rate)


Jelmer Mommers – Energy and Climate Correspondent

I want to show the impact of climate change and, together with members, to speed up the transition to sustainability.

15,940 followers on the site

2838 newsletter subscribers (58.8% open rate, 20.0% click rate)


Vera Mulder – Prejudices Correspondent

Fighting the journalism conventions that determine who is given a platform and who is not.

15,390 followers on the site

801 newsletter subscribers (58.4% open rate, 13.3% click rate)


Tamar Stelling – Non-human Correspondent

Putting the non-human world on the map.

2779 followers on the site


Thalia Verkade – Clean Tech and Mobility Correspondent

With the help of your questions and your expertise, I’m investigating the future of mobility in the city, on the planet, and beyond. First stop: batteries.

11,555 followers on the site

1090 newsletter subscribers (56.5% open rate, 9.9% click rate)


Sterre Sprengers – Images and Image-forming Correspondent

Through my own image choices and analyses, I want to get at how we form images of the world. Do we understand more if we become aware of how we see?

10,131 followers on the site


Tomas Vanheste – Europe – between power and imagination – Correspondent

On paper, Europe is a paradise of social services and green initiatives. Why this persistent gap between the dream and the reality?

15,624 followers on the site

830 newsletter subscribers (56.5% open rate, 8.2% click rate)


Marc Chavannes – Politics Correspondent

Searching for democratic political practices that work.

9188 followers on the site

3000 newsletter subscribers (64.2% open rate, 11.5% click rate)


Johannes Visser – Teaching and Education Correspondent

I want to cover school from the inside out, and think about how it could be set up better.

15,065 followers on the site


Sanne Blauw – Numeracy Correspondent

I would like – with your help – to put numbers in their place. Not on a pedestal. Not out with the garbage. But where they belong:  next to the words.

See her talk:

7639 followers on the site

1703 newsletter subscribers (58.5% open rate, 10.8% click rate)


Maite Vermeulen – Conflict and Development Correspondent

I believe that a better world begins with a better understanding of the world. So I’d like to bring home what sometimes seems all-too-faraway.

See her talk:

13,590 followers on the site

1397 newsletter subscribers (59.9% open rate, 12.7% click rate)


Heiba Targhi Bakkali – Aging Correspondent

Nobody wants to be it, but on average we’re getting older than ever. That’s why I’m looking into what old age will be like for my generation.

4350 followers on the site


Jesse Frederik – Economics Correspondent

Economics is about the simple question, Who gets what and why? But nothing about that question is straightforward. That’s what I’d like to tell you more about.

15,489 followers on the site


Rutger Bregman – Progress Correspondent

Lots of people have a dark view of how humanity’s doing. That’s why I write about what’s going well, in this country and beyond. And what we can do better.

25,790 followers on the site

8215 newsletter subscribers (54.3% open rate, 11.0% click rate)


Lucien Hordijk – Medicine Correspondent

I want to honestly diagnose what is perhaps the most important sector imaginable: the pharmaceutical industry.

6354 followers on the site


Nina Polak – Culture Correspondent

I would like to look in depth at things that seem apparent in our culture

15,021 followers on the site


Lynn Berger – Culture and Technology Correspondent

I examine the interaction between technology and culture, and the implications for our daily lives, thoughts, and beliefs.

15,171 followers on the site


Freelancers who write for us regularly (weekly or every other week)


Jos de Putter – Documentary Correspondent

This worldwide video blog shows the cinematic stories behind the news, through urgent and personal video letters and video diaries.

10,777 followers on the site


Bregje Hofstede – Freedom of Choice Correspondent

Habits. In the year to come I’ll try to break a few and answer the question, How free are we?

5244 followers on the site


Dick Wittenberg – New-to-the-Netherlands Correspondent

Shining light on people and stories in the shadows. In the months to come, I’ll focus on the New to the Netherlands project. To find out how newcomers are faring in this country.

13,800 followers on the site

1322 newsletter subscribers (63.0% open rate, 10.8% click rate)


Sander Heijne – Market Forces Correspondent

Why your train is too late and your doctor too busy:  with your help, I’m investigating the consequences of market forces.

8078 followers on the site


Lex Bohlmeijer – Conversations Correspondent

Weekly interview podcast, Goede gesprekken (‘Conversations’), with guests from science and culture.

12,827 followers on the site


Thijs Roes – Drugs Correspondent

In search of the drug policy of the future, so we can call a truce in the war on drugs.

2343 followers on the site


Marilse Eerkens – A Way with Kids Correspondent

There’s no time as critical as early childhood. I write about what we can do to make the most of it.

9094 followers on the site


Sarah Kendzior – Flyover Country Correspondent
I write about an America the US media often fails to cover. I’ll bring you original reporting from on the ground in Flyover Country

4110 followers on the site


Bart de Koning – Police and Crime Correspondent

Politicians and the media are obsessed with crime, while the country is safer than ever. I investigate the reality behind the big plans.

4415 followers on the site


Sinan Çankaya – Racism Correspondent

I want to expose and discuss the structural racism present in Dutch society. I’m currently looking at ethnic profiling by the Dutch police.

2923 followers on the site


Founders who also write on a regular basis


Ernst-Jan Pfauth – Self-Improvement Correspondent

I want to look into how we can be happy and healthy in today’s achievement society. And what acts of resistance are open to us?

15,584 followers on the site

5995 newsletter subscribers (55.0% open rate, 15.7% click rate)


Rob Wijnberg – Media Mechanisms and Myths Correspondent

Nothing shapes our worldview more than the media. I try to get at how that works in order to understand how we view reality

30,746 followers on the site