Jennifer Koons is an international journalist who explores themes of struggle, privilege, dignity, tragedy and resilience, particularly surrounding ongoing humanitarian and political crises in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and the Sahel. She has paid particular attention to the roots of these geopolitical security concerns via threats to adolescent girls' and women's health, rights and migration.
Her reporting on the nexus of policy-making, development, and global conflict has taken her throughout the Middle East, North, East and West Africa and Central Europe, most recently for a Pulitzer Center series on Niger, Nigeria, and Mali to look at the high costs of global warming, overpopulation, conflict and child marriage in West Africa.
Recently, she edited Medium's monthly anthology series on "Power," commissioning more than a dozen pieces on the #metoo movement and the ramifications and implications of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, Joe Biden and Jeff Flake's presidential ambitions, Nancy Pelosi's Money Machine and the campaign diary of a first-time Latina candidate running for Congress on the border in Texas.
Previously, she wrote and oversaw coverage of global affairs, national security and intelligence issues for the Economist's CQ. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Huffington Post and Foreign Policy, among other publications.She teaches graduate students specializing in politics and national security and oversees Medill's Politics and National Security Reporting Project at Northwestern University's Washington, D.C., bureau. Before that, she taught at Georgetown University and Northwestern's undergraduate campus in Doha, Qatar.
Jen is based in Washington, D.C.