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, Tunisia and Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. I can report in Arabic and Hebrew and know basic Persian. My work has been published in a range of outlets, including: Reuters, Associated Press, BuzzFeed, 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 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 (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.
A a journalist I focus 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 radio skills.
For comments, questions or assignments, please feel free to contact me via email or twitter.