Michael Haddigan

Downstream Communications




MA, International Studies, 1992, University of Oregon
Certificate, Advanced Thai, 1992, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
BA, Journalism, 1985, University of Arkansas

Special Interests

Sustainable Development
International Relations
Southeast Asia 

Professional Experience

Director of Research and Communications, Heifer International, 2009.
Director of Program Communications, Heifer International, 2007-2009.
Director of Communications, Heifer International, 2003-2007.
Writer, Heifer International, Little Rock, 2002-2003.
Associate Editor, Arkansas Times, Little Rock, 1996-2002.
Special Correspondent, Washington Post, 1996-1999.
Special Contributor, Dallas Morning News, 1996-1999
Staff Writer, Associated Press, Pittsburgh, 1995-1996.
Staff Writer, Associated Press, Bangkok, 1993-1994.
Reporter, The News and Observer, Raleigh, N.C., 1988-1990.
Reporter, Arkansas Gazette, Little Rock, 1983-1988.


Livestock and the Sustainable Development and Environment Agendas. A multi-institutional policy brief developed for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD-17.) New York, April 2009.

Articles for the Associated Press have appeared in newspapers worldwide.

Other articles have appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Reports, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, and on ABCNews.com, and Salon.com.

Radio reports from the United States and abroad have aired on AP Radio News and Monitor Radio.


Fluent in Thai; also studied Spanish, Mandarin, French, Russian and Latin


Member, Society for International Development.

Chair, Board of Directors, Village Commons, a Little Rock community-based nonprofit promoting sustainable communities. June 2009 to present.  

Member, Heifer International delegation to UN 16th Commission on Sustainable Development meeting. New York, May 2008.

Participant, “Global Leadership in Public Service and U.S. Foreign Policy” non-credit course at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Little Rock, May-June 2006.

Researched and documented Heifer International sustainable development projects in tsunami-affected areas of Aceh Province, Indonesia (December 2005;) in Guatemala (February 2004;) in Ecuador's high Andes (February 2003.)

Covered for The Associated Press a United Nations Asia regional conference, and UN conferences on child labor and world crime in Bangkok (1993); UN peacekeeping efforts and UN-sponsored Cambodian national elections (May 1993); closing of the last Killing Fields-era Cambodian border refugee camps (May 1993); Thai national elections (September 1992.)