Lila Hassan


Lila Hassan is an award-winning independent investigative journalist who covers global extremism, immigration, and human rights for print, documentary, and television. Currently, Hassan is a grant recipient of The Fund for Investigative Journalism and an Ida B. Wells Fellowship from Type Investigations and a producer/reporter for NPR-affiliate KCRW’s BODIES, a documentary podcast about medical mysteries and how marginalized communities navigate with them in their lives. Previously, she has been a reporter, associate producer, and fact-checker for FRONTLINE PBS documentaries, including one in collaboration with ProPublica that tackle far-right movements and threats to democracy, America Insurrection. The film won a prestigious Polk Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, became a finalist for the Columbia DuPont and Peabody awards, and was nominated for two Emmys. Hassan has also contributed to The New York Times package uncovering thousands of civilian casualties of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria during the war against ISIS, which won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in International reporting, a Polk Award, and an Overseas Press Club award. Her work has been published in The New York Times, ProPublica, The Guardian, FRONTLINE PBS, HuffPost National, Reuters, The Trace, Kaiser Health News, and more. After starting her career in human rights investigations, she pivoted to journalism and has reported from Cairo, Istanbul, Paris, and New York. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from CUNY Brooklyn College and a Master of Science from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism's specialized Toni Stabile Center for investigative reporting.

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