May Jeong has been reporting from Afghanistan since January 2013. She has written for American and British publications such as Harper's, The New York Times, The Intercept, The Guardian, London Review of Books and others. Her longform pieces have been translated into several languages.
Through 2015 and 2016, she conducted two major investigations, one on the bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, and another on a drone strike that killed an entire family in Kunar. In these four years, she has covered various aspects of America’s ongoing war in the country—the results of drone strikes, airstrikes, suicide attacks, but also failures in border policy, empathy, and development theory.
May was a finalist for the Canadian National Magazine Award in the Best New Magazine Writer category for her 2012 Toronto Life investigation, which exposed a gang rape scandal in an immigrant community in Toronto. Her reporting on the cost of war in Afghanistan for the Financial Times won her the 2014 Society of Business Editors and Writers’ Best in Business Award. For her work, she was also short listed for the 2016 Kurt Schork Award. She was a 2015 International Women’s Media Foundation reporting fellow and a United Nations Foundation press fellow. She completed a Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues course in 2014, as well as a hostile environment training course funded by the Rory Peck Trust in 2012. She is a two-time Pulitzer Center grantee.
This winter, she will be a 2017 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute.