Lauren Wolfe

director WMC's Women Under Siege

Lauren Wolfe is an award-winning journalist who has written for publications from The Atlantic to The Guardian. She is currently the director of WMC’s Women Under Siege, a project on sexualized violence in conflict originated by Gloria Steinem at the Women’s Media Center in New York. The project includes a live, crowd-sourced map of sexualized violence in Syria, WomenUnderSiegeSyria. She serves on the advisory committee of the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict.

From the BBC to CNN, Wolfe has spoken about her work on TV and radio internationally. In July 2012, Wolfe testified at the United Nations on her team’s findings on rape in Syria.

Previously, she was the senior editor of the Committee to Protect Journalists, where she focused on journalists and sexualized violence. Her CPJ report “The Silencing Crime”—for which she interviewed more than 50 journalists around the world—broke ground in documenting the issue.

Wolfe spent three years at The New York Times reporting on September 11th for Times’ books 102 Minutes: The Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers—a 2005 National Book Award finalist—by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn and City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center, by James Glanz and Eric Lipton.

She studied at Wesleyan University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and is the recipient of four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, two from the Fair Media Council, and is the 2012 recipient of the Frank Ochberg Award for Media and Trauma Study from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She is an inductee of the Dart Society for journalists who cover violence and recently taught as an adjunct in Columbia’s Strategic Communications masters’ program.

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