Ryan Lenora Brown is a freelance print journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she covers southern Africa for The Christian Science Monitor and other publications. She has reported on variety of subjects including elections in Botswana, xenophobia in Greece, and the death of Nelson Mandela from datelines stretching from Denver to Nairobi to Oxford. In addition to the CSM, her work appears in Al Jazeera English, The Atlantic’s CityLab, Salon.com, The Chronicle of Higher Education, North Carolina Public Radio, and The Jewish Daily Forward, as well as a variety of local media within South Africa. Brown holds a master’s in African studies from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and a bachelor’s in history from Duke University.
Mansi Choksi is a freelance print journalist based in Dubai. She writes about the intersections of gender, politics, crime, opportunity, and pop culture in India, the United Arab Emirates, and abroad. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Time, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera America, Vice, Roads & Kingdoms, Slate, GlobalPost, Caravan, and Open. She grew up in Mumbai, India, and holds a master’s degree in magazine writing from Columbia Journalism School, where she was a Fulbright Fellow. Previously she worked at the Times of India, the world’s largest-selling English daily.
Sruthi Gottipati is a freelance print journalist working primarily with France 24. She is based in Paris, where she also teaches a course in journalism ethics to graduate students at Sciences Po. She has a decade of experience working in print, television, and digital media. As a politics and general news correspondent for Reuters in her native India, Gottipati broke stories on corruption, crafted features on sexual violence, and chased a cyclone. Previously Gottipati worked at the New Delhi bureau of The New York Times, where she reported across India and wrote for India Ink, the Times’ first country-specific blog. Gottipati holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Trinna Leong is a print journalist for The Strait Times based in Malaysia. She has spent the last three years covering primarily politics and economic news in Southeast Asia. Her past work includes reporting on street protests in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, the Myanmar Rohingya community, and the rise of Islamic influence in politics and rule of law in Malaysia. In addition to Reuters, her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Leong holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and was formerly a chemist who worked in the advertising industry before entering the news business.
Clair MacDougall is a freelance print journalist and writer currently based in Monrovia, Liberia. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Newsweek, Time, Stern, Al Jazeera America, and Foreign Policy, among others. Her recent work has focused on Liberia’s post-war construction and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. MacDougall won the 2015 Kurt Schork Memorial Fund Award for her reporting on the Ebola outbreak, and also contributed to The New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the epidemic. She has reported on politics, justice, and human rights from across the globe. She holds an honors degree in political theory and a master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School.
Christina Okello is a broadcast journalist with Radio France Internationale based in Paris, where she covers Africa and world news. Okello was born in Uganda and grew up in the UK. She combines her multicultural background with a passion for storytelling to cover a range of topics from immigration to terrorism, such as the recent attacks in Paris, crimes against journalists, and diaspora communities. Previously, she worked as correspondent for Israeli news channel JN1, an assistant producer at France 24, a television journalist at Africa 24, and a video journalist at Telesud.
Sonia Paul is a freelance multimedia journalist covering culture, politics, corruption, and gender. Her work, primarily from India and the United States, has been featured in The New York Times, the Guardian, BBC World Service, Foreign Policy, Vice, Public Radio International, and the Al Jazeera Media Network, among others. She is also the editorial assistant for MediaShift.org, where she writes on the evolution of digital media, education, and advertising. She taught English in Japan, where she produced a grant-funded podcast series, Shizuoka Speaks. She earned her graduate degree with honors from Columbia Journalism School, where she was an Anne O’Hare McCormick Scholar.
Kim Wall is a freelance multimedia journalist writing about popular culture, gender, policy and environment. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and Vice News, among others. Originally from Sweden, Wall has reported from the Marshall Islands, North Korea, China, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Myanmar, Hong Kong and India. She holds graduate degrees in international affairs and journalism from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. She is currently based in New York.