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Elaine Monaghan is a veteran reporter, writer and foreign correspondent who serves as coordinator for the news reporting and editing concentration of the Media School’s Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She is education co-lead at the Observatory on Social Media.
Born in Scotland, Elaine is a graduate of Reuters’ journalism training program in London. During her first posting, to Moscow, she covered conflict, disasters, elections, financial markets and economic and business news across the former Soviet Union. She later ran Reuters’ coverage of Ukraine, and of the ascent to power of President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus.
As chief correspondent in Dublin, she led a team of journalists covering Ireland’s entry to European monetary union and of Northern Ireland’s “Good Friday” peace deal.
She covered the Kosovo conflict from the refugee camps of Albania and Macedonia, and from Kosovo itself, working in multimedia teams. In 1999, she became State Department correspondent for Reuters, and spent three years traveling with secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell. Later, as Washington correspondent for The Times, she wrote for the British newspaper about the Iraq invasion and other top U.S. stories.
She is coauthor of “On the Brink: An Insider’s Account of How the White House Compromised American Intelligence,” a CIA memoir that was translated into several languages. Elaine blogged for Microsoft UK about the 2008 presidential election campaign and sustained over a number of years an online column for The Times entitled “Abroad in America.” She served as foreign policy correspondent and as a magazine writer for Congressional Quarterly. Aas vice president for a strategic communications firm in Washington DC, she served numerous clients, including Amnesty International USA.