Julia Steers

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Julia Steers is a freelance reporter and producer based in Nairobi, Kenya covering east Africa and the Great Lakes region. Her work from the region has appeared in print and on air through CBS News, France24, CNN International, Time Magazine, The Independent, and Foreign Policy magazine. Previously, as a CBS staffer based in New York, she served as a producer and later as the director of social media for the news division. Prior to joining CBS News, Steers spent several years at The Huffington Post as a senior editor and writer. She is the former editor in chief of Webby-award winning DoSomething.org, where she wrote and edited social justice and human rights-focused content, and she co-authored a book for young activists.

Reporting Locations


| Adrienne Surprenant, Julia Steers

U.N.-Funded Peacekeepers in CAR are Accused of Murder and Rape

BANGUI, Central African Republic – It was just after sunset when 9-year-old Aabirah went to get water from a well near her home. Her neighborhood in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, was…

| Adrienne Surprenant, Julia Steers

“THEY ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOB TO PROTECT PEOPLE” – UN peacekeepers are struggling to prevent all-out war in CAR

  BANGUI, Central African Republic – Troops from a Portuguese-led U.N. “Rapid Defense Force” fanned out across Bangui’s deserted city streets last Monday evening, scanning empty market stalls and roadside bars for “insurgents.” They were…

| Julia Steers

Central African Republic: At least seven killed in attack on concert in Bangui

| Adrienne Surprenant, Julia Steers

Inside the brutal war that’s ripping apart the Central African Republic

ALINDAO, Central African Republic – Solange pleaded with her husband, Bruno, to run as she heard screams and smelled neighbors’ homes burning. But he decided to lock the family in the house instead – the…

| Adrienne Surprenant, Julia Steers

Displaced CAR residents fear new wave of violence

Alindao, in the region of Basse-Kotto, Central African Republic, has been the headquarters and operating base of Ali Darassa’s UPC (Union pour la paix en Centrafrique) since February 2017. The city used to have a…

| Olga Kravets, Julia Steers

Pizza, free wi-fi and peace in DR Congo

Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo – Leonard Maliona leans over the counter at Ishango restaurant, peering past the chef’s prep station into a brick pizza oven. The oven is slow to fire up today –…

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Seeking Refuge in UN-Run Camps, Burundians Feel Long Arm of Regime

Jean-Francois Ntije sits on the ground outside the national refugee agency. A recent arrival from Burundi, he is here to face-off with the head of the agency for the third time. His complaint? That neither…