Welcome! I'm Miriam Berger, an American freelance journalist with a love for all things media and Middle East. In addition, I have a master's degree in Modern Middle Eastern studies from Oxford University and a BA from Wesleyan University. I'm currently based in Jerusalem, where I freelance for different outlets writing about people and politics and the impact of American foreign policy.
I've reported from Egypt, Jordan, Ethiopia, Tajikistan, Greece, the U.S., England, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany and Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. I read and speak Arabic, am conversational in Hebrew and know basic Persian.
I previously reported for BuzzFeed's World section from NYC, where I covered international news and had fun while doing it. Prior to that I was a Fulbright and CASA Fellow in Egypt. Now in Jerusalem, I also contribute to Lonely Planet's website and freelance copyedit. In addition, I've worked as a part-time stringer for Reuters.
My reporting has been supported by several generous grants. I've received a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grant for a series on privatization in Israel and Palestine; I reported from Congo as a 2016 fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation; I reported with the Associated Press in Jerusalem as a 2015 Overseas Press Club Foundation Fellow; I reported from Ethiopia as an International Reporting Project fellow; and I covered the UN General Assembly as a 2014 United Nations Foundation Fellow in New York.
My reporting focuses on politics and economics — as well as how people and institutions with power shape daily life through realms like food, labor, media, transportation, migration and gender.
I'm available for reporting and editing commissions. I also take decent photos and am currently developing my video editing skills.
For comments, questions or assignments, please feel free to contact me via email or twitter.