Megan Specia is a multimedia journalist based in London, currently working for The New York Times. Over her decade-long career, she has covered a number of major stories from the Baltimore protests after the death of Freddie Gray, and turmoil in Ferguson the wake of Michael Brown’s killing, to the aftermath of the Paris and Brussels attacks and the refugee crisis, as well reporting and editing in newsrooms from New York to London.
She worked for Mashable as a breaking news reporter and editor, traveling to Jordan in 2015 to report from the largest Syrian refugee camp in the region, and Greece in 2016 to cover the stories of refugees living in squalid conditions in Idomeni as the European migration crisis began. She criss crossed the U.S. in 2016 reporting on the unprecedented presidential campaign, focusing on real-time coverage from the trail.
Later that year, she joined The New York Times as a video journalist, reporting on breaking national news and major international stories through innovative formats. A year later, she joined the international desk of The New York Times as a reporter and editor.
In February 2017, she was selected by the International Women’s Media Foundation for a reporting fellowship in Rwanda to cover under-reported stories in the country. A year later, she returned to the region with the IWMF, this time traveling to South Sudan to report on the growing hunger crisis in the region, the risks for premature babies born in the midst of conflict and on the legacy of war in neighboring Uganda.
In 2019, she moved to London, and in 2021 was promoted to the role of correspondent, covering Britain and Ireland for The New York Times.
She has appeared as a commentator on HLN, CNN, Cheddar and more, and has a passion for social news-gathering and human rights.
She previously spent years living in Ireland, where she worked for the Dublin-based news organization Storyful , discovering and verifying user-generated content coming from all corners of the globe, and was an early member of the start-up prior to its acquisition by NewsCorp. She grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the University of New Hampshire.