In 1990, Samisoni was awarded the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in Communications.
“We did seminars in DC and the University of Kansas in addition to touring newsrooms of the VOA, Public Radio and the NBC in New York. Interactive media through radio talk shows made a huge impression in my young mind then which was probably why I was among those that introduced news talk shows in the then FBC as well as CFL Fijian radio”.
He began his career in journalism in 1986 with the then Fiji Broadcasting Commission. Since then he has worked in all main news media including internet-based news services and correspondence work, covering many Pacific Island countries. He has covered a wide range of issues including politics, business, health, environment, trade, religion, sports, HIV/AIDS, climate change and education. Samisoni has also won awards in Fiji and the Asia/Pacific region including the prestigious Pacific Journalist of the Year Award. Since 2014, Samisoni has been working as the Editor-in-Chief and Director of Islands Business Magazine, a multi-media company that covers Fiji and the Pacific.
In 2017, Samisoni proposed the idea of a documentary portraying how a remote high school located on Cicia Island, 150 miles from Fiji’s capital, Suva was still able to produce remarkable academic results despite the lack of resources. The school’s success was made possible through the support of the entire community and leadership from the school principal. On February 7, 2017, the documentary titled “Totoka ko Cicia” was launched. It was produced and narrated by Samisoni through funding from the U.S. Embassy Suva. The Alumnus-produced film is now part of the Ministry of Education briefings and trainings to help inspire struggling schools and new teachers make the most of their community resources.
Samisoni has been the driving force of the U.S. Department of State’s Fiji Alumni Association since its inception and currently holds the position of Vice President. He was also one of the two participants that represented the Fiji Alumni Association at the Alumni TIIES Seminar in Kuala Lumpur in August this year.
The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. To learn more about the program, visit https://eca.state.gov/ivlp