Former 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.