Lila Hassan

Tow Journalism Fellow, FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellowships

Lila Hassan is an investigative journalist and recent master’s graduate of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Lorana-Sullivan full-scholarship recipient.

Before Columbia, Hassan was the senior Middle East and North Africa associate at Human Rights Watch, where she contributed research and support to investigative reports of human rights abuses across the region. She was also an editorial intern at Thomson Reuters Cairo bureau, where she covered black market raids, international business deals, and court trials. In Istanbul, she covered the crackdown of an LGBTQ Pride parade, Syrian refugees’ resettlement, and regional migration trends for a local daily paper.

Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Documented, and the Daily Sabah. Hassan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with honors from the Scholars Program at CUNY Brooklyn College, where she was also a Jeannette K. Watson Fellow. She speaks Arabic and French.

Location:

New York, NY

U.S. Shifts Policy in Yemen, But the War Is Not Over Yet
The Biden administration announced two policy decisions last week, both major reversals from the Trump era, that aid and human-rights groups see as the first steps toward ending the war in Yemen — but say there's more work to come.
February 9, 2021
Biden Announces End to U.S. Support for Offensives in War-Torn Yemen
President Joe Biden also designated a new U.S. special envoy to Yemen, the site of what the UN has called the world's "worst humanitarian crisis" and the subject of a new FRONTLINE documentary.
February 4, 2021
'Serious Threats' Ahead: Human Rights Experts Voice Concern for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Following Military Coup
Experts are worried the change in power will further endanger human rights protections in Myanmar, especially of Rohingya Muslims, whom FRONTLINE covered in the 2018 film "Myanmar's Killing Fields."
February 2, 2021
The Boogaloo Bois Have Guns, Criminal Records and Military Training. Now They Want to Overthrow the Government.
ProPublica and FRONTLINE have identified more than twenty members with ties to the armed forces. Experts worry that the extremists are using their military experience to train others for a second Civil War.
February 1, 2021
Wisconsin Recount Targets 2 Democratic Strongholds, Home to Black and Hispanic Voters
Unlike other places, where the Trump campaign has pursued statewide recounts, the Wisconsin request was limited to Dane and Milwaukee Counties, where Biden held solid leads.
November 25, 2020
A Look at the Places Behind ‘American Voices: A Nation in Turmoil'
To lend broad insight into the communities featured in FRONTLINE's 2020 post-election special, we’ve looked to census, city, county and state data for some key stats.
November 18, 2020
American Mom Who Pleaded Guilty to Terrorism Charges Sentenced to 6.5 Years
In 2015, Samantha Elhassani traveled to Syria with her family, where her husband and brother-in-law joined the Islamic State terrorist group. She was sentenced in an Indiana court today.  
November 9, 2020
As Biden Clinches Pennsylvania, Securing a Presidential Win, the Trump Campaign Promises More Litigation
Pennsylvania gave Joe Biden the 20 Electoral College votes needed to push him over 270 and secure a presidential win. The Trump campaign has indicated it plans to launch more litigation. Here's what could come next.
November 7, 2020
Trump Wants a Wisconsin Recount. If You Need a Refresher, Here's How Recounts Work.
With Joe Biden projected to win the state by a narrow margin, the Trump Campaign said it would seek a Wisconsin recount. Here's how recounts work.
November 4, 2020
COVID-19 and the Most Litigated Presidential Election in Recent U.S. History: How the Lawsuits Break Down
A FRONTLINE analysis found that more than 400 election-related cases have been filed in the U.S. this year, making 2020 the most litigated presidential election in recent U.S. history — largely due to concerns involving COVID-19.
October 28, 2020