My Bio

Louise Lief


Louise Lief is Scholar-in-Residence at the American University School of Communication Investigative Reporting Workshop. She is a writer, educator, editor, producer, and program development expert. Her current work focuses on connecting journalists, communities, and academic institutions through innovative collaborations to promote and strengthen civic life.

Together with institutions and funders, she helps devise strategies and programming to engage policymakers, academia, the media and the public in key global issues.

In 2014 Ms. Lief was a public policy scholar at the Wilson Center, affiliated with the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Science and Technology Innovation Program. Her Science and the Media Project explores ways to encourage the general media to engage in challenging subject areas by fostering innovative, interdisciplinary approaches and utilizing emerging digital tools.

From 1998-2012 she was founding deputy director of the International Reporting Project (formerly the Pew International Journalism Program) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a program that educates journalists on international issues. She has designed and run programs for hundreds of journalists in areas such as the environment, global health, food security, poverty alleviation, international development, democracy, governance, media, human rights, culture, religion, foreign policy and national security.

Previously, she was a Washington-based diplomatic correspondent and senior editor for U.S. News and World Report. She also reported overseas for a variety of news organizations, including CBS News ‘60 Minutes,’ The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Boston Globe Magazine and The Christian Science Monitor. An award-winning journalist, Ms. Lief has traveled to over 70 countries, reported from five continents, and worked for newspapers, magazines, radio, television and online publications.

She has a B.A. from Yale University in French and North African Studies, and a Certificate of Arabic Language Studies from the American University in Cairo. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and a board member of the D.C. Science Writers Association. She speaks Arabic, French, Hebrew, and Spanish.