Prue Clarke

  1. Director of the International Reporting Program

Prue Clarke is a print, radio and television journalist and media development specialist. Her reporting has appeared in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the Financial Times, The Guardian and on CNN, BBC and NPR among others. 

For the last decade Prue has reported on war, development, resources extraction and democracy building efforts in Africa and Asia. Her reporting has taken her from Central Australia to Aceh, Indonesia and across Central Africa, into conflict zones in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Prue has reported extensively in west Africa from Nigeria to Senegal with a particular focus on the west African nation of Liberia. Prue has covered the country since the end of the civil war through the election of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and ongoing efforts to rebuild the country.

Prue was previously a print reporter with the Financial Times newspaper in its New York bureau and a TV correspondent with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney and New York. She covered the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 from Ground Zero in New York for the ABC.

Prue’s reporting has earned the National Edward R. Murrow award for Feature Reporting, a Gracie award and the U.N.’s World Gold Medal among others.

Prue was the editor of BBC Media Action’s programs in Liberia during the 2014 Ebola crisis and also managed BBC Media Action’s radio and capacity building projects in Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

She is the co-founder and executive director of New Narratives, a project supporting independent media in Africa. New Narratives reporters have won a string of international honors including press freedom prizes from the Committee to Protect Journalists and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. Their work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Global Post and the PBS NewsHour, among others. Prue’s work with New Narratives won the 2014 Global Australian award for Social Innovation. Prue has trained journalists and worked in newsrooms across Africa with communications and media development NGOs.

Prue holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She was also an International Fellow at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. She also holds a Master’s in International Studies from the University of Sydney, where she studied economics as an undergraduate.