Betsy Joles


Betsy Joles is an independent journalist in Pakistan. Her work focuses on the aftermath of conflict and the human side of geopolitics around Asia. Her reporting and photographs have been published by Foreign Policy, The Economist, Slate, Vox, Foreign Affairs, Politico, CNN, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Al Jazeera, NBC, and PRI, among others. 

As a college student and early graduate, Joles followed stories of Syria's diaspora from Turkey to Lebanon, and Malaysia, before moving to China, where she reported on the protest movement in Hong Kong and the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. While based in Beijing, she also collaborated with the International Committee of the Red Cross to cover the aftermath of tribal warfare in the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea. 

Joles has received training from the Dart Center on reporting safely in crisis zones, sponsored by the Rory Peck Trust, the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, and ACOS Alliance. She is a stringer for Getty Images and a grantee of the International Women's Media Foundation for her project on China's two-child policy.

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