Greetings! 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. I'm currently based in Jerusalem, where I freelance for different outlets and work as a part-time stringer for Reuters and The Times of London. I also contribute to Lonely Planet's website and copyedit for tech companies.
I've reported from Egypt, Jordan, Ethiopia, Tajikistan, Greece, the U.S., England, Democratic Republic of Congo, 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 from 2012-13 and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2012.
More recently, I received a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grant for a series on Israel and Palestine and reported from Congo as a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation.
I also reported with the Associated Press in Jerusalem as a 2015 Overseas Press Club Foundation Fellow, during which I wrote and produced stories for text and TV. In 2014, while with BuzzFeed, I reported as an International Reporting Project fellow in Ethiopia and United Nations Foundation Fellow in New York.
My freelance work often focuses on politics, economics, media, food, labor, transportation, development, refugees, gender, and religion.
Sometimes I take off the journalist hat to just exclusively study Persian.
I'm available for reporting and editing commissions. For comments, questions, or assignments, please feel free to contact me via email or twitter.