Welcome! I'm Miriam Berger, an American journalist currently based in Washington, D.C. as a staff writer with the Washington Post's foreign news desk. I also love all things media and middle east and have a master's degree in Modern Middle Eastern studies from Oxford University, in addition to a BA from Wesleyan University. Prior to D.C. I was based in Jerusalem (and before that Egypt), where I freelanced for different outlets writing about people and politics and the impact of American foreign policy.
A a journalist I've focused on all things news and politics — including how people and institutions with power shape daily life through realms like food, labor, media, transportation, migration and gender. I can also report in Arabic and Hebrew and know basic Persian.
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I've reported from Egypt, Jordan, Ethiopia, Tajikistan, Greece, the U.S., England, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Tunisia and Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
My work has been published in a range of outlets, including: Reuters, Associated Press, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post, The New York Times, BBC, NPR, Wired, U.S. News and World Report, The Guardian, Newsweek, The Nation, USA Today, Times of London, Foreign Policy, Columbia Journalism Review, Roads and Kingdom, Quartz, PRI The World,Christian Science Monitor, The Atlantic, The Forward, Fusion, Salon, Vice, The Telegraph, The Australian, Vocativ, News Deeply, Vox, Fast Company, Mongabay, The Daily Beast and Lonely Planet. I've also helped to fix and translate for BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times.
I previously reported for BuzzFeed's World section from NYC, where I covered international news. Prior to that I was a Fulbright and CASA (Center for Arabic Study Abroad) Fellow in Egypt.
My reporting has also 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.
For comments or questions please feel free to contact me via email or twitter.