Margo Gondar is a journalist, musician, social entrepreneur and activist.
During turbulent 2020 Margo Gontar served as an International journalist at Voice of America. During her time at VOA she covered such topics as US 2020 presidential elections, ‘defund the police’ movement and police reform in USA, people living with HIV in USA, coronavirus pandemic, Russian disinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 in particular, .
In 2014 Margo co-founded fact-checking website StopFake.org, aimed to refute disinformation about Ukraine and uncover Russian propaganda. It became a pioneer in the field. She also anchored its weekly TV news show, StopFakeNews.
Margo was a keynote speaker as expert on disinformation at number of international media and politics related events such as Brussels Forum in March, 2018, ‘International Democracy day’ at European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, in September, 2017, Digital Disinformation Forum, Stanford, June 2017, ‘EU Eastern Partnership: Battlefield of Information War’ discussion at Swedish Parliament in Stockholm in May, 2017, Warsaw Security Forum in Warsaw in October 2016, Discussion on Digital Disruption in Ukraine at Legatum Institute in London in July 2015, and at Cambridge conference “Ukraine and the Global Information War” in October, 2014 among others.
Gontar also cofounded DostupnoUA initiative in 2015, project aimed at making urban space more accessible for people with disabilities.
In 2019 Margo was name one of 200 Leaders of Tomorrow at 49th St. Gallen Symposium, Switzerland. She is also an awardee of 30 under 30 2017 Award by Kyiv Post for her contribution in changing Ukraine and received 2017 NDI Democracy Award on behalf of StopFake team in Washington, DC.
She was featured as an expert on disinformation in pieces for The New York Times, RFE/RL, The Guardian, Vice News, Euronews, DW, YLE, ARD, Atlantic Council and more.