Clair MacDougall


Clair MacDougall is an independent journalist who is based in West Africa. Her work has focused on Liberia’s post-war construction and imperfect attempts to reconcile with its brutal past. She is now reporting on the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region and its impact on the lives of ordinary people. Clair reported on the Ebola outbreak and its aftermath, contributing to the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning coverage and earning her the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund Award. She has also written about mercenaries, former warlords, justice for war crimes, government corruption, drug abuse, former female combatants and social justice issues and worked as a field producer on award-winning documentaries. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Newsweek, Businessweek, Time, Smithsonian Magazine, Stern, Al Jazeera America and Foreign Policy and she has reported from West Africa, Uganda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, rural Australia and the United States. Clair holds an honors degree in political theory and a masters from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She has been Great Lakes Reporting Fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation, and was a recent Logan Nonfiction fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good and Art of Journalism Fellow at the MacDowell Colony.

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