Louise Lief

Louise Lief

Scholar in Residence

Louise Lief is Scholar-in-Residence at the American University School of Communication's Investigative Reporting Workshop. She will collaborate with the Workshop, School of Communication and other university faculties on an array of science and non-science projects.

Lief is a journalist, educator, media trainer, writer, editor and producer. From 1998-2012 she was the founding deputy director of the International Reporting Project (previously known as the Pew International Journalism Program) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a program that educates the media on international issues.

Lief, an award-winning journalist, has traveled to more than 70 countries, reported from five continents and has worked for newspapers, magazines, radio, television and Web-based publications. 

She began the Science and the Media initiative during her 2014 residency as a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she was affiliated with the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Science and Technology Innovation Program.

The initiative explores innovative approaches to make science accessible and useful to all journalists, particularly those who do not cover the sciences. It investigates ways to facilitate collaboration between journalists and scientists and to incorporate new technologies and digital tools into the process to promote civic engagement.

She graduated from Yale University with a degree in French and North African Studies and holds a certificate of Arabic Language Studies from the American University in Cairo.

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We publish online and in print, often teaming up with other news organizations. We're working now on a new program with FRONTLINE producers, to air later in the year, and on the "Years of Living Dangerously," a series on climate change that has begun airing on Showtime. A story last year on the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention centers was co-published with The New York Times. Our updates to our long-running BankTracker project, in which you can view the financial health of every bank and credit union in the country, have been published with msnbc.com, now nbcnews.com, and we co-published stories in our What Went Wrong series on the economy with The Philadelphia Inquirer and New America Media. Our graduate students are working as researchers with Washington Post reporters, and our new senior editor is a member of the Post's investigative team. Learn more on our partners page.

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