Megan Alpert

Print Journalist @megan_alpert

Megan Alpert is a fellow at Foreign Policy magazine. She has reported from Ecuador and Washington, D.C., covering stories on indigenous rights, oil development, immigration detention, and displaced people. Her previous bylines have included The Guardian, Guernica Daily, Vice Munchies, and Earth Island Journal. Before beginning her journalism career, she earned an MFA in poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her poetry has won an Orlando prize and has been published in literary journals on both sides of the Atlantic.

En Español

Megan Alpert es becaria de la revista Foreign Policy. Ella ha reportado desde Ecuador y Washington, D.C. cubriendo historias sobre derechos indígenas, desarrollo de petróleo, detención de inmigrantes y personas desplazadas. Su trabajo ha sido publicado en The Guardian, Guernica Daily, Vice Munchies y Earth Island Journal. Antes de empezar su carrera como periodística obtuvo su MFA en poesía de Bennington Writing Seminars. Su poesía gano el premio Orlando y fue publicado en revistas literarias en ambos lados del Atlántico.

Reporting Locations


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How Colombia’s Failed Peace Treaty Could Wreak Havoc on Its Diversity-Rich Ecosystems

A potential influx of legal and illegal mining leaves the country’s megadiverse landscapes—and the communities who depend on them—in jeopardy With its peace accords up in the air, the Colombia’s diverse ecosystems face an uncertain…

| Molly O’Toole, Megan Alpert

Why Do Internationally Backed Peace Processes Fail?

In this episode of The Backstory, FP senior reporter Molly O’Toole moderates a conversation between former FP fellow Megan Alpert and FP staff writer Siobhán O’Grady, who reported from Colombia and South Sudan, respectively, through…

| Megan Alpert

To Be a Guerrilla, and a Woman, in Colombia

Fighters from Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC),stand in line during the opening of ceremony congress at the camp where they prepare for ratifying a peace deal with the government, near El Diamante in Yari…

| Megan Alpert

Politics Roils Colombia’s Tentative Peace Deal with the FARC

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA – APRIL 2: Former President of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, greets supporters during the demonstration against the Peace Process in Medellin, April 2nd, 2016. People took the streets of Colombia against Government polices including…

| Megan Alpert

Boob Jobs, Butt Lifts, and Other Plastic Surgery to be Banned for Colombia’s Teens

In Colombia, a plastic surgery is performed every five minutes. But a new law will help ensure, for the most part, those going under the knife have at least completed puberty. The law, which Colombia’s…