Reporter and Correspondent
Donatella Lorch has been a reporter and correspondent for more than twenty five years and has covered wars, conflicts and natural disasters in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe for The New York Times, NBC News and Newsweek. Her writing has been praised for humanizing the cost and politics of war and giving a face not only to the fighters but to affected civilians as well. She has won awards for her reporting on Afghanistan and the Rwanda genocide as well as for her coverage of massive refugee migrations that have torn apart families and transplanted cultures. For two years, she was the director of the Knight International Press Fellowship, a program funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which sends American reporters abroad to share the best practices of journalism.
She was the reporter for Explorer: Inside Guantanamo, a National Geographic Television documentary on the American detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While living in Kenya until mid-2013, she reported, wrote, produced and narrated short documentaries for the World Bank, U.N. agencies and the United States Agency for International Development. At USAID, she also spearheaded communications for their largest youth program in the world as well as organized and coordinated their 50th anniversary celebrations. While living in Kathmandu, Nepal, her writing, filming and photography during the Nepal 2015 earthquake and its aftermath appeared in The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, The Daily Beast as well as in publications of UNHCR, The World Bank and The Asian Development Bank. They are also on her blog: tangledjourneys.com. She presently lives in Ankara, Turkey and writes for UNICEF, focusing on Syrian refugees.