Cheltenham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK
Iona Craig is a British-Irish independent journalist. She was previously based in Yemen from 2010 to the end of 2014 as The Times (of London) Yemen correspondent.
Her written reporting and photographs have appeared in more than twenty publications worldwide including The Times (of London), The Irish Times, on Al Jazeera America and The Intercept, to name but a few. Her video footage and audio reports have been used by television and radio broadcasters across the globe including CNN the BBC, RTÉ (Ireland) and Channel 4 News (UK).
In 2014 she won the U.K.'s most prestigious award for investigative journalism, the Martha Gellhorn Prize, for her reporting on America's covert war in Yemen.
In 2015 Iona spent five months reporting from Yemen after civil war broke out in March. She is the only international journalist to regularly report from both sides of the frontline in the region’s most under-reported conflict. Her work for TV, radio and print has also covered the country’s escalating humanitarian crisis as well as the impact of the Saudi-led aerial bombing campaign.
She has also reported from the West Bank, Turkey and Lebanon.
With the help of Beacon in 2013 Iona set-up Pay Me Please a space for freelance journalists to ‘name and shame’ media outlets who owe them money.
2014 - Martha Gellhorn Prize, 2014 - Frontline Club Award - Print