Megan Specia is a multimedia journalist based in London 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, as well reporting and editing in newsrooms from New York to London.
She worked for Mashable as a breaking news reporter and editor. During that time, 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 as the European migration crisis began. 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. 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 issues 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 and on the refugee community in neighboring Uganda.
She has appeared as a commentator on HLN, CNN, Cheddar and more, and has a passion for social newsgathering 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.