Three reporters share their perspectives on the role of storytellers in a time of ongoing conflict, terrorism and refugee crises, in conversation with The Guardian journalist Ben Doherty. The New Yorker staff writer Alexis Okeowo’s A Moonless, Starless Sky chronicles the resistance against extremism in Africa. Moscow-based correspondent for The Telegraph Alec Luhn has covered protests in Russia and the war in eastern Ukraine. The New Yorker staff writer Ben Taub has written about jihadi recruitment in Europe and war crimes in Syria.
Ben Taub (International)
Ben Taub joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2017. He has written for the magazine about jihadi recruitment in Europe, war crimes in Syria, battlefield medicine, converging crises in the Sahel, and human trafficking along the trans-Saharan migration routes from Nigeria to Italy. In 2014, he received a BA in Philosophy from Princeton University; the next year, he completed an MA in Politics at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. In 2017, Taub’s work on Syria, which was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, was short-listed for a National Magazine Award and won the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for International Print Reporting, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Investigative Reporting. Taub also received the ASME Next Award for Journalists Under 30, and was named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media.
Alec Luhn (International)
Alec Luhn is the Russia correspondent for The Daily Telegraph and has previously written for Time, Politico, The New York Times and The Guardian, among others. He covered the Russian protest movement, the Sochi Olympics, the annexation of Crimea and the revolution and war in Ukraine. He is working on a book related to the Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
Alexis Okeowo (International)
Alexis Okeowo is a magazine writer and screenwriter, and a former fellow at New America. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Sports Writing. The daughter of immigrant parents, Okeowo grew up in Alabama and attended Princeton University. She was based in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2012 to 2015, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her first book, A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism In Africa, is a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent’s wave of fundamentalism.
Ben Doherty (Australian)
Ben Doherty is Immigration and Asia-Pacific Correspondent for The Guardian. He was formerly Southeast Asia Correspondent for The Guardian, and South Asia correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He is a three-time Walkley Award-winner, and was 2008 Young Australian Print Journalist of the Year. He holds a Master of International Law and International Relations from the University of New South Wales, and in 2015 was a Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Nagaland.