Megan Specia is a multimedia journalist based in New York City specializing in real-time digital storytelling with a focus on human rights issues and conflict. Throughout her career, she has covered major stories in the field such as the Baltimore riots, Ferguson protests, the aftermath of the Paris attacks, the Brussels attacks and the refugee crisis.
She traveled to Jordan in September of 2015 to report from the largest Syrian refugee camp in the region — Za’atari — and Greece in 2016 to report on refugees living in squalid conditions in Idomeni. She reported on the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign across the nation, utilizing live streaming, Snapchat, and other emerging platforms to report from the trail and add a dynamic real-time element to coverage.
Later that year, she joined The New York Times as a video journalist, reporting on breaking national news events in the field and from the office, and utilizing socially sourced content to report on major international stories,
In February 2017, she was selected by the International Women’s Media Foundation for a reporting fellowship in Rwanda to cover under-reported issues in the country. She has appeared as a commentator on HLN and Fox Business 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 a part of the start-up prior to its acquisition by NewsCorp. She grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the University of New Hampshire.