Erin Banco Independent journalist

Erin received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and Arabic from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May of 2011. She moved to Cairo in January of 2012 after working at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C. and is now working as a freelance journalist.

While living in the Middle East, Erin reported on the transition of power in the Egyptian government and the increasingly fragile relationship between the U.S. and Egypt. But she spent the majority of her time in Egypt researching and reporting on torture in the country’s lower-level prisons. Erin also spent a significant amount of time reporting on the Syrian conflict from the country’s borders and traveled into Syria to report from Aleppo in 2012. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, NPR, CNN, USA TODAY, The Christian Science Monitor, NOW Lebanon, The Atlantic and others.

Erin is also the co-founder of Roots: An Arab American Odyssey, a freelance reporting project focusing on the Arab American communities in Dearborn, Michigan and Bay Ridge Brooklyn. She is currently working with photographer Jake Naughton.