Nicky Blackburn

Nicky Blackburn

Editor and Israel Director

Nicky Blackburn has worked extensively as a journalist and editor both in Britain and Israel for a range of national and international publications including The Cambridge Evening News, London News, Travel Weekly, Israel High Tech Investor, and The Times of London.

She was the Associate Editor at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine, and the High-Tech Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post.



Abigail Klein Leichman

Writer and Associate Editor

Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984.


Viva Sarah Press

Associate Editor and Writer

Viva Sarah Press has extensive experience in print, online and broadcast media. Viva writes about technology, health, culture, travel, environment and everything in between. She hosts the ISRAEL21c on TLV1 radio show on Israeli innovation. Her work has been published by international media outlets including Israel Television, CNN, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post and Time Out. Viva also gives talks on Israeli ingenuity.


Brian Blum

Brian has been a journalist and high-tech entrepreneur for over 20 years. He combines this expertise for ISRAEL21c and Israelity as he writes about hot new local startups, pharmaceutical advances, scientific discoveries, culture, the arts and daily life in Israel. He loves hiking the country with his family (and blogging about it). Originally from California, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.

Daniel Ben-Tal

Daniel Ben-Tal has been an Israel-based writer, editor and journalist for over 24 years. His career has spanned periods as a writer and supplement editor for the Jerusalem Post, reporter for the Associated Press and copy editor for the English version of Haaretz newspaper. Daniel has also penned hundreds of features for a range of international and Israeli publications, including Britain’s Guardian, Independent and Jewish Chronicle, Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine LINK and several Jewish publications in the U.S. Born and raised in Wales, he immigrated to Israel in 1975.


Sally Halon

Sally grew up in South Wales and immigrated to Israel in 1982 with her family. Together with her colleague Marian Lebor at Lebor-Halon Films, she specializes in filming and editing short films for TV and internet, mainly for non-profit organizations. She is also a professional translator and English narrator.

Marian Lebor

Marian is a freelance filmmaker and writer. Originally from London, she immigrated to Israel with her family in 1994. She met Sally Halon at a cinematography course in 2003 and they have been working together ever since, producing films mainly for non-profit organizations. Marian also writes for a variety of English language publications in Israel and the UK.