Garentina Kraja joined the staff of Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga as a political adviser on security in 2011. She also helped the American University in Kosovo start new programs and establish new relationships. At age 19, she began working as a journalist covering the conflict in Kosovo - initially for Koha Ditore, Kosovo’s first independent newspaper. As an activist, she also helped establish the post-pessimists, a group of young people from the former Yugoslav states who have since held “ethnic tolerance” conferences throughout Europe. Tina was one of the first journalists to report on the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army. As a result of her coverage of sensitive topics, she was eventually forced to flee to Macedonia, where she continued her reporting as a refugee. After the war ended and Kosovo was placed under UN rule, Tina reported on Kosovo’s Serb minority who faced reprisal attacks by ethnic Albanians.