Evan Hill is a journalist on the New York Times Visual Investigations desk. He has worked as a researcher and writer focused on foreign policy, human rights investigations and the Middle East. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Economist, Foreign Policy, Slate, the Nation and elsewhere.
From 2014 to 2017, he was a Beirut-based Middle East researcher with Human Rights Watch, where he investigated government and security force conduct in the region. During his time at Human Rights Watch, he helped expose Egyptian military intelligence culpability in extrajudicial executions, used open-source techniques to identify a police officer who fatally shot a peaceful protester (leading to the officer’s arrest), documented illegal evictions and the demolition of thousands of homes as part of a counter-insurgency campaign with the help of satellite imagery, and exposed how Egyptian police units were likely covering up summary executions.
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, he was a staff writer on the Al Jazeera America features desk in New York City, where he conceived and led a major multimedia project on Obama administration drug law reforms, and a Doha-based reporter for Al Jazeera English, where he covered the Middle East.
His reporting from Egypt and Libya for Al Jazeera English during the Arab Spring - including coverage of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation and the fall of Tripoli - helped the online team win an Online News Association award for breaking news. In 2013, he was the first journalist to uncover official evidence of the Egyptian military's involvement in killings and disappearances during the revolution.
He speaks Arabic and is learning Persian. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (2019), where he was a Harold W. Rosenthal International Relations Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism (2007).
You can follow Evan on Twitter @evanchill and email him at ehilloffice (at) gmail (dot) com.