Erika Beras is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh whose work can be heard on NPR programs such as Morning Edition and Latino USA. Her work has been featured on Monocle Radio programs, Vice Motherboard, PBS.org, and many other publications and radio programs. She has won numerous awards including the Rolling Stone Award for College Journalism and awards from the Associated Press. She is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Katya Cengel is a freelance print journalist who has covered everything from tuberculosis sniffing rats in Mozambique to retired child soldiers in Burma. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, National Geographic News, and Foreign Policy, among other publications. A World Affairs Journalism Fellow, she earned a second place Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award in 2006 for her series on the wives of Sudan’s “Lost Boys”. More recently, she was a 2014 ICFJ/UN Maternal and Newborn Health Mozambique fellow and a 2015 International Reporting Project Guatemala fellow. She teaches journalism at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Kiana Hayeri is a freelance video and photojournalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her work has appeared in Le Monde, The Washington Post, Sunday Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Globe and Mail, Monocle Magazine, The Australian, Al Jazeera America, and CNN, among others. Hayeri grew up in Tehran and moved to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. Her projects explore topics such as migration, adolescence, and sexuality.
Abigail Higgins is a freelance print journalist based in Kenya. Her work on conflict and security, women’s rights, politics, and human rights is influenced by five years in the region, during which she learned to speak fluent Swahili. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Time, the Guardian, NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera, The Times of London, and The Boston Globe. She covered the Westgate Mall attacks in Nairobi, al Shabab’s attack on Garissa University in northeastern Kenya, and the civil unrest and failed military coup in Burundi. She studied political science, African politics, and gender studies at Bryn Mawr College.
Lily Kuo is a print journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya covering East Africa for Quartz. She previously reported for Quartz from Hong Kong. Before that she covered general news for Reuters in New York and Washington and reported from China for the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She holds a dual master’s degree in international affairs from the London School of Economics and Peking University, as well as degrees in English and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She won the 2014 Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for best international feature for a series about China’s water crisis.
Sophie Mbugua is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya whose work focuses on climate change adaptation and resilience in sub-Saharan Africa. Her stories have appeared on Nation Media Group Kenya (Seeds of Gold), BBC Science in Action, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Scidev.net. She started her media career at Radio Waumini as a radio technician and creative producer. Mbugua is currently participating in six months of climate change reporting through MEDIA21: Journalism and Climate Change program facilitated by the French Media for Cooperation Agency (CFI). She is a member of the Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture in Kenya (MESHA Kenya).
Lindsey Parietti is a freelance video and print journalist based in Cairo, Egypt, where she has covered breaking news, politics, culture and the environment for seven years. Her work has been published or broadcast by the Associated Press, Reuters, The Sunday Times, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, and Egypt Independent, among others. In 2013 she co-founded online news site Mada Masr with a group of reporters. It remains one of the only independent, critical news outlets in Egypt. Parietti graduated with degrees in journalism and political science from Boston University and covered state politics for the MetroWest Daily News.
Sophie Pilgrim covers the United Nations in New York for France 24’s web service and Radio France Internationale. At the UN, her reporting focuses mainly on Africa and the Middle East. She has covered sexual abuse scandals in Central African Republic, peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the international response to the Syrian conflict. Pilgrim was previously based in Paris, where she helped found France 24’s award-winning collaborative journalism project, The Observers. Pilgrim’s work has appeared in Al-Monitor, Vice, and the Financial Times.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southampton Solent University.
Christin Roby is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Before moving to Africa, Roby worked as a reporter in newsrooms in Chicago and Washington, D.C. She currently covers social justice, gender equality, politics and development for outlets including the Associated Press, Voice of America, USA Today, and The Christian Science Monitor. Her reporting from West Africa includes politics in Ivory Coast, women’s literacy in Senegal, slavery in Mali, and e-waste in Ghana. Roby holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Howard University and a master’s degree in videography from Northwestern University.
Daniella Zalcman is a freelance documentary photographer based in London and New York. She began her career while studying architecture as an undergraduate at Columbia University, freelancing for the New York Daily News between classes. After several years working as a daily assignment photographer primarily for the Daily News and then for The Wall Street Journal, she moved to London where she now focuses on long-term projects that explore the legacy of western colonization. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.