Evan Hill is a journalist on the New York Times Visual Investigations team, which combines traditional reporting with new open source methods to break news and hold the powerful to account. He was a lead reporter on a 2019 investigation into the Russian bombing of Syrian civilians that received a Pulitzer Prize, George Polk Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and Overseas Press Club Award. He has worked as a researcher and writer focused on US foreign policy, human rights and the Middle East since 2010. His work has also appeared in 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; and exposed how Egyptian police units were 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.
His reporting from Egypt and Libya during the Arab Spring - including coverage of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation and the fall of Tripoli - helped Al Jazeera win an Online Journalism 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 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. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 2007.
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